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Earwax is something people may shy away from but it can have a huge impact on your hearing. A build up of wax can block the ear canal and reduce your ability to hear. Don’t worry though, it is quickly and easily treatable through a number of safe earwax removal procedures.

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What is earwax?

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Earwax is a completely natural substance made up of oil, dust and skin cells. Harmless in small quantities, earwax is an important form of protection against the dirt and bacteria which can cause ear infections. The exact composition of earwax varies from person to person, but ultimately its purpose is to keep the ear canal lubricated, remove impurities and stop it from drying out.

The technical name for earwax is cerumen, and it is produced by glands in the outer ear canal. It’s slightly oiler texture prevents the ear canal from becoming itchy and irritating. In addition, the stickiness of the earwax helps it to capture any bits of dirt or dust and prevent them from travelling further down the ear canal.


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Getting to know your ears

It’s important to remember that ear wax exists for a very good reason and has a vital role to play in your aural health. Unless you are experiencing any hearing problems or discomfort, you’re best leaving your ear wax alone. Simply carry on washing your ears as you normally would, wiping around the outside area with a washcloth or sponge.

However, earwax can occasionally begin to build up in the ear canal. This might be because:

  • It has gotten caught in a clump of ear hair
  • It is particularly dry and so struggles to move along the canal
  • Your ear canal is particularly narrow
  • You frequently wear ear plugs which can push the wax down the canal
  • You’ve been underwater e.g.  swimming or showering, and the wax has expanded
  • Wax hardens with age

Earwax build up can lead to deafness and reduce the effectiveness of hearing treatments, including hearing aids. If you’re struggling with your hearing, you should consider speaking to us about earwax removal.




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If you’re struggling with the ear drop technique or would like further advice and assistance, please do get in touch. We will be able to quickly find a local specialist who can prescribe chemical drops or complete a irrigation or microsuction procedure. Both are incredibly safe procedures, so you have nothing to worry about.

Irrigation is simply when water is used to flush out the ear canal. You may also see it referred to as syringing. Microsuction is when the wax is sucked out. Both are quick and painless procedures. A specialist will be able to recommend either procedure on the basis of your medical history.

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