Ear wax. It’s something we all have – and for good reason.
It protects our ear canal. It helps with natural cleaning and lubrication. And it provides a degree of protection against bacteria, fungi, water and insects (yes, we do have to remove them sometimes).
Ear wax is good. It’s important for the good health of our ears.
But too much? Well, that’s bad.
If it becomes excessive, or compacted, then we have a problem – often a loss of hearing due to external sounds not being able to make it to the eardrum.
Some fascinating facts about ear wax
Getting rid of excessive ear wax
It’s not necessary to remove wax unless it becomes excessive or is affecting your hearing.When it does, there are some simple things you can do.
Softeners are available from high-street pharmacies and can be effective if the wax build–up isn’t too great.
One thing you should never do – never, ever do – is use cotton buds or anything like them to clean your ears, or to try and remove wax. This will only compact the wax and push it nearer to the eardrum. If you take one thing away from this blog post, please make it this.
Many GP practices will offer ear syringing, which pumps warm water into the ear to loosen and remove the wax. If the wax is compacted, you might need to have it removed at an ENT clinic. Some advocate ear candles – but certainly not us. They can be dangerous and aretotally ineffective.
The Correct Hearing way
Our audiologists at Correct Hearing have been trained to use the latest wax removal technology. We use the microsuction technique – it’s gentle, safe and effective, and completely syringe-free. And you will be able to see detailed images of your ear canal on screen before and after your wax is removed – if you want to, that is! A GP referral is not needed, and we can sometimes offer same-day appointments.