Lubbock ☎ : 806-687-4327                Snyder ☎ : 325-284-3221

Lubbock ☎ : 806-687-4327 
Snyder ☎ : 325-284-3221


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.

Dr. Courtney,  Au.D., CCC-A performing ear cleaning

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Terry Longbrake

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David Brawley

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.

Christina Corrales, Au.D., CCC-A extracting excessive earwax using earigator
Earigator at Cornerstone Audiology

Earwax Removal Treatment

Our team is well trained with the most advanced cerumen removal systems. Our audiologists use either a curette and otoscope or an irrigation system called the “Earigator” to flush your ears to gently remove the buildup.

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
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus)

Earigator: A Safe, Effective, Advanced Solution for Earwax Removal

Imagine the feeling of warm water massaging your ears on the inside. Is that the sort of comfort and relief that you’re looking for when your ears are plugged with earwax?

Not only is the Earigator a highly effective and pain free way of removing earwax that has brought relief to tens of thousands of patients with no adverse effects, but it’s more comfortable and doesn’t include any of the lingering pain that sometimes comes as a result of using traditional methods. Better yet, it is the easiest and safest way to deal with earwax, even the most stubborn stuff.

Designed by an Otologist who combined the function of an otoscope (a tapered magnifying glass with a light) and an irrigation system, the Earigator provides the most advanced means of cerumen control with little to no discomfort.

Safety features include: a self-contained temperature control that ensures the water remains at body temperature which eliminates any caloric or vertigo side effects, and pressure regulation that makes it possible to remove impacted earwax without endangering the eardrum.

LED illumination and magnification provide your audiologist with a better view of what’s going on inside your ear canal, facilitating more effective and targeted earwax removal that takes no longer than three to five minutes.

Using the Earigator helps encourage those who wear hearing aids, use earplugs, or frequently struggle with impacted earwax to schedule regular earwax removal appointments before stuffiness, ringing in your ears, hearing loss, or pain from earwax buildup begins.

The Earigator is the go-to solution for dealing with earwax buildup and impacted earwax at Cornerstone Audiology because it is the safest, most effective solution available and provides the highest level of comfort to our South Plains area patients.

Before and After the Removal of Earwax

Before and after earwax removal and ear cleaning at Cornerstone Audiology inside the ear image

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.

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