Aural Care Service
What is ear wax?
Ear wax keeps our ears clean and healthy. It usually works its way out of the ears by itself, but sometimes too much wax can build up and block the ears. Ear wax is a normal substance that protects the skin of your ear canals.
It’s made up of:
Dead skin cells
Debris such as dust
Cerumen, which is the natural wax produced by glands in your ears.
When does ear wax need to be removed?
Ear wax doesn’t usually cause problems, but if too much is produced, it can build up in the ear, leading to:
Hearing loss (the most common symptom)
Ear discomfort, earache and the feeling of having blocked ears
Tinnitus (noises in the ear(s) or head)
A cough, though this is rare
You may also need to have ear wax removed if:
Ear wax is preventing a doctor or audiologist (hearing specialist) from viewing your ear canal and eardrum
You’re getting a hearing aid and the audiologist needs to take an impression of your ear for the earmould
You use a hearing aid and ear wax is causing it to whistle.
If you use hearing aids, it’s very important to make sure that your ears aren’t blocked with wax. This is because if the wax blocks the earmould or soft tip by going into the tubing. It can block off the sound and cause you to think that the hearing aid has stopped working. If you think that the tubing of your hearing aid is blocked, please contact us to get it cleaned or replaced.
Can I remove ear wax blockage myself?
No. You should never insert anything into your ears to remove wax, such as a finger, cotton bud or towel, as this can:
Damage the wall of the ear canal and cause inflammation
Cause the wax to be compressed by pushing it further into the ear
Tear the eardrum
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