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Ear Wax & Your Health

Ear Wax & Your Health

At Audiology Medical Services, we have recently announced our September Sale for a limited time only. Usually €75, we are now offering Microsuction Ear Wax Removal for the special price of just €65 for adults for both ears. This blog will focus on all things Ear Wax, the symptoms and causes of ear wax build-up as well as taking a closer look at microsuction ear wax removal.

WHAT EXACTLY IS EAR WAX?

So, what exactly is ear wax?  Ear wax, medically referred to as cerumen, is produced by glands in the ear canal. Its purpose is to trap dust, debris and other small particles and prevent them from reaching and potentially damaging the ear drum. In most cases, the wax dries up and falls out of the ear along with any trapped dust or debris without our awareness. The amount of ear wax produced by the ear varies from person to person. A blockage or impaction of ear wax occurs when the wax gets pushed deep within the ear canal. Trapped ear wax can have a negative impact on your hearing. Ear wax is the most common problem presented by patients.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AN EAR WAX BUILD-UP?

There are several different symptoms to look out for as an indicator of an ear wax build-up. If you have any of the below symptoms, we recommend getting your hearing checked by an audiologist as it could be caused by an ear wax build-up and if so would more than likely be easily treated. Symptoms include:

  • - Earache, as it builds up it can press against the ear canal causing pain
  • - Hearing loss
  • - Itchiness in the ear
  • - Dizziness, a spinning sensation
  • - Tinnitus (buzzing or ringing in the ear)

WHAT CAUSES EAR WAX BUILD-UP?

Some people just suffer from regularly blocked ears. It can be simply that they over produce ear wax naturally and ear wax gradually builds over time. There are several other causes of ear wax build-up however, which include:

  • - Narrow ear canals
  • - Hairy ear canals
  • - Dry ear wax
  • - Swimmer’s ear and Surfer’s ear (bony growths in the ear canal)
  • - A tight or hard ear canal bend
  • - Overuse of cotton buds in the ear
  • - Wearing hearing aids
  • - Wearing in-ear headphones

TREATING EAR WAX

Don’t use Cotton Buds in your ears - Many people use cotton buds to clean their ears and their ear wax, but we would 100% not advise you to do this. Cotton buds can irritate the ear canal and even push wax further into the ear. Also, the lining of the ear can be damaged easily as it is quite delicate. It’s important to have a little bit of wax in our ears to prevent harmful particles such as dust entering, plus the ear is actually a self-cleaning organ. If you have excess wax you wish to remove, we recommend seeking a professional opinion.

Microsuction - One of the best techniques for cleaning or removing ear blockages and ear wax is microsuction. It is widely used, provides no discomfort, and is more effective than water syringing. Microsuction is regarded as the safest and quickest method of ear wax removal. At Audiology Medical Services our specialists are fully qualified in carrying out this simple and effective treatment.

With few limitations, the use of a microscope and finely balanced medical suction device allows us to see directly into the ear canal. No liquids are introduced during microsuction, resulting in a pain free and comfortable experience that is completed within minutes.

BENEFITS OF MICROSUCTION

There are many benefits to be had from microsuction ear wax removal. Below are just some of the benefits we would like to highlight:

  • No Ear Wax - The first benefit and maybe the obvious one is that your ears will be free from ear wax. This should ensure you are comfortable and your hearing isn’t restricted.
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  • Accurate View - During microsuction ear wax removal a binocular microscope is used by the audiologist. This means there is a clear and accurate view of your ear canal and any obstruction, and the audiologist is able to maintain a constant view on what they are doing. This makes it a far safer and easier procedure than others.
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  • No Drops Required - Syringing and irrigation, the other methods of ear wax removal both require the use of ear drops prior to your appointment. This is not the case with microsuction, so although ear drops may help prior to the procedure, it is not essential, which means you don’t need to do any preparation or homework. You can get the procedure done at your convenience as soon as possible.
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  • No Water - Other ear wax removal methods involve liquids and can be quite messy. However, microsuction is a completely dry procedure with no messy water used or flushed into your ear canal. This has many benefits, including being more comfortable, reduces the chances of infection and also ensures no lasting effects after the procedure.
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  • Safe for Perforated Ear Drums or a Mastoid Cavity - As opposed to ear syringing and irrigation, microsuction is a safe procedure for individuals with a perforated Ear Drum, Mastoid Cavity, previous infection or blockage. Microsuction doesn’t push anything into the ear, but rather uses pinpoint accuracy to remove the ear wax.
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  • Ear Inspections - An ear inspection or examination can be performed to investigate any perforations or infections with microsuction. The correct treatment can then be undertaken straight away. This is a lot safer than with ear irrigation, where an inspection or examination is not possible first, potentially resulting in more damage being caused when carrying out the procedure.

Audiology Medical Services

Audiology Medical Services offer microsuction ear wax removal to all adults and children over the age of 5 years old at all our clinics. If you have any questions on microsuction ear wax removal or about your hearing, simply ask a member of our hearing care team. We have clinically trained professional audiologists, available at clinics nationwide. Freephone us on 1800 501 501.

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