Professional Earwax Removal
The substance we commonly call earwax is formally called cerumen, and it’s actually designed to be a good thing. Cerumen protects our ears from dust, foreign particles, microorganisms, and irritation from substances like water. It’s a simple compound of natural oils, or sebum, and dead skin cells from inside the ear. Our bodies naturally work hard to protect our ears from outside dangers, and it’s a very elegant and efficient solution most of the time. Like nose hairs or eyelashes, these simple, little parts of our body play an important role in protecting our five senses. Earwax also keeps our ears lubricated so they don’t feel dry and itchy all the time.
Why Earwax Can Be a Problem
Normally, when you move your jaw by chewing or talking, you naturally help earwax move from the eardrum toward the ear opening in your outer ear so it can be wiped or washed away. When earwax doesn’t move through your ear canal normally or wash and flake off naturally, it can begin to build up in the ear and block up the entire ear canal, which needs to be unobstructed in order for sound waves to pass through clearly. Not only is hearing loss a potential side effect, but earwax buildup can also lead to infection. Contact Windsor Audiology if you experience hearing loss or any of the following symptoms that may indicate an infection:
- Severe pain inside your ear
- Drainage from your ear
- Hearing loss
- An odor coming from your ear
How often should you clean your ears with professional help, and how do you know it’s time for a cleaning? Well, even though cotton swabs seem like a convenient way to clean your ears by yourself, they are not recommended for your ears and your ear canal is very delicate. The process of inserting a cotton swab can damage your ear or even push earwax back into the ear canal, compacting cerumen further instead of drawing it out. Rather than creating more problems than you solve, schedule an annual ear exam with Dr. Johnson and she will inspect your ears for signs of excess earwax buildup. In between appointments, you can contact us if you experience any of the following symptoms of earwax that requires professional cleaning:
- Sudden or partial hearing loss, which is usually temporary
- Tinnitus, a persistent ringing or buzzing sound (see the Tinnitus page for more information)
- A feeling of pressure or fullness inside either ear
To remove earwax in our office, we can use irrigation techniques, gentle suction, or specialized tools to carefully pull out any blockages and return your hearing to normal. There’s nothing to fear about this simple process and everything to gain, so contact us today to schedule an ear exam or cleaning at Windsor Audiology.
Just Don’t Do It
- Q-Tips are a bad idea and will make the wax impaction worse.
- Keys, paperclips, writing pens, or other small skinny metal objects…. These objects have the potential to seriously harm your ear canal or your eardrum which could result in a permanent hearing loss.
- Ear wax candles. This is not a proven effective method, it is dangerous, and the wax at the end of the candle that you used is just the wax from the candle not your ear. You run the chance of the wax going into your ear canal and burning your ear and ear drum.
- Do not use HOT water in your ears this will burn your ear canal and ear drum and could cause irreparable damage to your eardrum or ear canal and would be extremely painful. Also, causing permanent hearing loss!
If you have wax or cerumen build up in your ears please see an audiologist, ENT, or primary care physician. If they recommend that you use a wax softening drop or cleaning kits then follow the directions just like you would a prescription.
Dr. Johnson was amazing. I had no idea what I was really missing until she had me try out some hearing aids. My wife and kids were telling me “Dad, get your ears checked”…
Dr. Johnson was amazing. I had no idea what I was really missing until she had me try out some hearing aids. My wife and kids were telling me “Dad, get your ears checked” consistently and I was like “I will… I will…” Dr. Johnson and Windsor Audiology changed my life. I can hear the crack of the bat when my daughter hits a home run. That is life-changing.
Dr. Johnson’s smile is very warming. When I walk in the door, no matter what kind of mood I am in, she always makes me smile and changes my mood around. My time with Dr. Johnson…
Dr. Johnson’s smile is very warming. When I walk in the door, no matter what kind of mood I am in, she always makes me smile and changes my mood around. My time with Dr. Johnson is special and she makes me feel like I am her only concern.
I am glad I found Dr. Johnson. She listened to my concerns and has some great solutions to help me with my hearing loss.
"I am writing to thank you for your patience and expertise in finding me the right hearing solutions. You took great care in testing for my needs and after your research and a…
"I am writing to thank you for your patience and expertise in finding me the right hearing solutions. You took great care in testing for my needs and after your research and a trial period, you found the perfect hearing aids to match my situation. Also, your office has always been very prompt and professional when I call with a question or to make an appointment. Finally, your coffee is tops...why do you think I always arrive a little early!"
Windsor Audiology has provided me with the best possible care. From Evan at the front desk to Leann and her ability to explain the entire hearing assistance process. She helped…
Windsor Audiology has provided me with the best possible care. From Evan at the front desk to Leann and her ability to explain the entire hearing assistance process. She helped ease my apprehension about the process and made it very easy to commit to hearing aids. I barely notice my tinnitus anymore! I am very happy with my decision and experience. Thank you Evan and Leann!
I came in to see Dr Johnson and her staff about 5 months ago. I had crippling Tinnitus, so much so that it was causing depression and insomnia. It was a constant buzzing of a…
I came in to see Dr Johnson and her staff about 5 months ago. I had crippling Tinnitus, so much so that it was causing depression and insomnia. It was a constant buzzing of a mosquito in my ears and I had come to believe that I was stuck with this unwanted “friend” for the rest of my life. I looked up Tinnitus treatments for Northern Colorado and Windsor Audiology came up. I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. After my initial consultation and test with Dr Johnson we settled on trying hearing aids with a Zen Tinnitus therapy. I was extremely skeptical about the process, but again it was worth a try. It has been 5 months with my hearing aids and, I use the Zen therapy regularly. In the last 5 months I used to wake up almost nightly from the Tinnitus, now it has only happened once in 5 months. I HIGHLY recommend Dr Jonson and Windsor Audiology. Dr. Johnson and Evan are extremely knowledgeable and truly care for their patients. If you have Tinnitus, hearing problems or both, go see them. They are amazing!
Their willingness to help my hearing loss and listening to my personal issues at home and TV volume corrections was exceptional.
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Dr. Johnson took the time to work with my specialty hearing issues.
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