Ear wax – also known as cerumen – is produced by glands in the ear canal and is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Ear wax occurs naturally and is a helpful part of your body’s defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt. Normally, the wax naturally comes out of the ear. However as we age your oil glands don’t work as well and the ear canal often narrows making it more difficult for the wax to get out of the canal. This leads to impacted wax.
The use of cotton swabs or Q-tips makes it worse as this pushes the rest of the wax deeper into the ear canal into the bony part of the ear where there are no oil glands.
Ear candling is also not recommended. Medical researchers have shown that it does not effectively remove wax and can cause serious damage to the ear.
Contact our office to have your wax removed – wax will be either curetted, suctioned or gently washed from the ear. We also have ear wax softening drops available.