Earwax removal isn’t a common procedure, but on occasion, it’s necessary.

A substance created by your body to protect your ears, earwax lubricates and cleans your ear canals, repels water, traps debris, and protects your eardrum.Most people produce a healthy amount of earwax, which makes its way out of the canal through bathing or other natural ways.

What happens when you have excess earwax?

Unfortunately, It can harden, block your eardrum and cause:

  • Difficulty hearing
  • Earaches
  • Tinnitus (a ringing in your ears)
  • Vertigo (a sense of being off-balance)
  • Itching
  • Cough (due to the pressure)
  • Discharge/odor

At Home Earwax Removal

You might be tempted to try to remove the earwax yourself. Don’t!

  • Cotton swabs- Push the earwax deeper inside causing further impaction, and increase your risk of eardrum rupture.
  • Ear Candles- Advertised as natural remedies, they are also dangerous. Besides the risk of burns and eardrum perforation, ear candles can leave debris in your ear. They are also ineffective, as most of the wax people see after using them is from the candle itself.
  • Home Earwax Removal or Irrigation Kits- Can cause vertigo or increased pain without achieving results.

Professional Earwax Removal

At Physicians Hearing Center, in Dothan, Alabama, we offer safe earwax removal with the use of Safe Ear Curettes. Made for both children and adults, they’re single-use only, and produced from flexible plastic for your safety. The process usually takes a few moments and doesn’t require follow-up visits.

There are two simple methods to remove earwax with the curettes:

  • Direct Curettage- We look inside your ear with an otoscope to locate the earwax, then we gently use the curette to remove the earwax. During the process, we periodically check the canal with the otoscope and continue the process until all the earwax is removed.
  • With an Otoscope- Once we locate the earwax with the otoscope we move the device to one side and gently remove the earwax with a small curette.

Don’t risk damaging your ears or your hearing by attempting at-home earwax removal. Allow the professionals at Physicians Hearing to safely and effectively clean your ears. We’ve been providing comprehensive hearing healthcare to residents in the Dothan, Alabama area since 1977. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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