Despite ear wax removal being a common procedure, we find that most people don’t know a lot about it and have a lot of questions when it comes to what it involves, along with how safe it is. To shed some light on this procedure, we have answered the 5 most common questions people have about ear wax removal.
Q: How Can I Tell if I Need Ear Wax Removal?
A: Although ears are self-cleaning, larger amounts of wax in the ear canals can cause blockages, which then require professional removal. Muffled hearing and a feeling of fullness in the ears are just two of many common symptoms associated with a blocked ear. Other symptoms can include dull pain, ringing and the sensation of being off balance. Home remedies such as olive oil drops will only work is some instances where the blockage is very small.
Q: Which Ear Wax Removal Method is the Best?
A: When it comes to professional ear wax removal there are 4 main methods to choose from; microsuction, irrigation, syringing and manual removal. Microsuction is now considered as the gold standard of wax removal with it being quick, effective and pain free. There is also no mess and it is usually carried out by qualified Audiologists. Microsuction works on both soft and hard wax unlike other methods.
Q: Does Ear Wax Removal Hurt?
A: While impacted ear wax can cause swelling and irritation, the removal process itself is not painful. Although you may feel a weird sensation depending on the method of ear wax removal that you choose, there is no pain associated with any of the procedures.
Q: Can Ear Wax Removal Improve Hearing?
A: Yes and no. Although ear wax removal can’t actually improve your hearing, it can eliminate any hearing issues caused by impacted ear wax. However, ear wax removal can’t improve the symptoms of any preexisting hearing conditions. Even so, if you have noticed a difference in your hearing lately, it’s worth booking a hearing test to check if the cause of your hearing loss is due to a buildup of ear wax, or something more serious.
Q: Is Ear Wax Removal Safe?
A: As with any medical procedure, there are some potential side effects associated with ear wax removal but overall, it is considered a safe procedure. All ear wax removal procedures are carried out by a trained professional to ensure that they are as safe as possible. Microsuction is considered the safest of all ear wax removal procedures as a trained audiologist uses a microscope during the procedure so they can see exactly what they are doing every step of the way.