Wax Management

Wax Removal

Cerumen is a substance produced by glands in the ear canal. Cerumen helps to protect the ear from foreign bodies and ear infection.

Ear wax is the combination of cerumen and skin. It may build up forming wax plugs (impacted wax) and can cause symptoms such as:

  • Mild to moderate temporary hearing impairment
  • Itchiness/soreness or fullness in the ear
  • Tinnitus
  • It is also estimated that 60% of hearing aid faults are caused by ear wax
  • For hearing aid users, feedback (whistling) may occur

A build-up of ear wax is harmless and easily treated. Some individuals are more prone to wax build-up than others. The main reasons for this include shape of the ear canals, over-production of cerumen and excess hair growth in ear canals.

Your clinical Audiologist can confirm the presence of excessive ear wax by examining the ear canals using an otoscope.

Audico offer ear wax removal by micro-suction This procedure is the preferred method of wax removal as it doesn’t involve syringing water into the ear and therefore reduces complications such as ear infection.

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