If your ears are painful, infected or bleeding please contact your Doctor and seek medical advice. At Hearing Professionals, we offer wax removal by the curette method or by using micro-suction.
This is a dry method which uses a wax loop (or jobson horn) to remove pieces of wax. The wax loop is circular and has no edges for the safe removal of wax. This is done using a specialized bright light headlamp (Lumiview or Vorotek) which alters the bifocal vision of the clinician to look deep into the ear canal. This method is most common for hearing aid users.
At selected clinics, we use ENT surgical grade microscopes, which can look deep into the ear canal with magnification. This combined with a specialist medical grade micro-suction machine allows for the safe and painless removal of deep and/or stubborn ear wax. If possible the ear wax should be softened with a proprietary ear wax softening spray, available from your chemist, at least 2-3 days prior to your appointment.
Signs and Symptoms of Earwax Buildup
The appearance of earwax varies from light yellow to dark brown. Darker colours do not necessarily indicate that there is a blockage.
Signs of earwax buildup include:
- sudden or partial hearing loss, which is usually temporary
- tinnitus, which is a ringing or buzzing in the ear
- a feeling of fullness in the ear
Unremoved earwax buildup can lead to infection. Contact your doctor if you experience the symptoms of infection, such as:
- severe pain in your ear
- pain in your ear that does not subside
- drainage from your ear
- persistent hearing loss
- an odour coming from your ear
It’s important to note that hearing loss, dizziness, and earaches also have many other causes. You should see your doctor if any of these symptoms are frequent. A full medical evaluation can help determine whether the problem is due to excess earwax or another health issue entirely.