Are you struggling to hear sounds that you used to hear easily? Do your ears feel blocked, or stopped up? It’s very possible that you simply have wax buildup.
Earwax (or cerumen) is a natural substance that your body produces to trap unwelcomed dirt. Living in West Texas, we have no shortage of dirt! Cerumen has protective properties that prevent bacteria from reaching deep into the ear and could lead to ear infections
Sometimes, however, we accumulate too much ear wax and it can become impacted. Impacted earwax can lead to a feeling of being stopped up, inability to hear, fullness, dizziness, pain and ringing in the ears.
Although there are many myths and misconceptions about removing earwax, the safest and most effective way is to work with an audiologist who has helped hundreds of other local people with the same challenges.
What Is Earwax?
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is made in the outer ear canal.
It is formed by the secretions made by special glands in your ears, which, when combined with dead skin cells, forms earwax.
The earwax then travels through the outer ear canal to the entrance of the canal and over time breaks up as it makes its way through the canal.
As it is very gradual, you often don’t notice it immediately and it usually happens in your sleep.
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What Causes An Earwax Buildup?
There are many reasons behind an earwax buildup, but one of the most common reasons is due to people dangerously cleaning their ears.
Items such as bobby pins or Q-tips can further push the earwax into your ears, making it even harder to extract. People with small ear canals have an increased risk of wax buildup as well.
Also, if you wear hearing aids, your ears are likely to get full of wax without regular cleaning. Wax typically works its way out of the ear on its own, but when a hearing aid is blocking the ear canal, there’s nowhere for it to go!
Your ears are very delicate, so you must be very careful when you are cleaning your ears.
Other conditions, such as eczema or infectious diseases, can cause your ears to produce more earwax than normal.
Earwax Removal Treatment
If you think you have an earwax buildup, here are some symptoms to watch out for:
- Hearing loss
- Earache or a blocked feeling in your ears
- Ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)
Schedule An Appointment Today!
You don’t have to put yourself at risk by trying to extract earwax at home.
If you’re experiencing a frequent buildup of wax, then it’s likely that you need to seek further assistance.
Our experts have cared for the hearing health of thousands of people in West Texas and have trained for many years – so you can leave your ears in the hands of Cornerstone Audiology.
To take your first step to relief, you can schedule an appointment with one of our experts by filling out the form on this page, and we will be in touch.