If you’re feeling like your ears are clogged, you may have built-up earwax. Don’t worry – this is normal. Earwax serves the important function of protecting your inner ears from dirt and bacteria. However, sometimes it can build up and cause headaches, a feeling of fullness in your ears, and even muffled hearing. 

Managing earwax is an important part of keeping your ears healthy, but it’s important to handle earwax removal properly. At Sound Audiology & Hearing Aids, we understand the importance of safe earwax removal. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you manage earwax the right way. 

The Dos and Don’ts of Earwax Removal 

If you turn to Google to learn how to remove earwax at home, you’ll find a plethora of home remedies. Proceed with caution, since some of the methods you may come across are not safe and could cause damage to your ears. For example, you should never drip hot wax into your ears! Follow these tips for safe at-home earwax removal: 

  • Avoid cotton swabs

I know it can be tempting to reach for a cotton swab when you feel earwax buildup, especially if your ears feel itchy and full. But cotton swabs can push the wax deeper into your ear, making the situation worse. Instead of removing the earwax, cotton swabs can cause the wax to become impacted and can even damage your eardrum. 

  • Over-the-counter solutions

Earwax removal drops are a safe over-the-counter solution that can be found at your local pharmacy. These drops are designed to soften the earwax. It can’t hurt to try ear drops before you visit a professional, but they won’t solve your problem entirely if you’re dealing with a large amount of built-up wax. 

  • External ear cleaning

To clean your outer ears, use a warm, damp cloth to gently remove any wax or dirt. Don’t insert the cloth or any other object into your ear canal! 

  • When to seek the help of a professional

If you’re experiencing a hearing loss or ear discomfort, or suspect you have wax buildup that can’t be treated with over-the-counter solutions, it’s time to consult a professional. Audiologists have the expertise and tools to remove earwax safely and efficiently.  

Earwax removal is usually handled by using warm water. Water is injected into the ear canal to soften up the earwax so that it falls out on its own or is flushed out using an irrigation method. Buildup that is more stubborn can be painlessly removed with a curette and suction method. If you frequently have earwax buildup, you may benefit from regular professional ear cleanings.  

When you visit an audiologist, they’ll be able to identify any other reasons you’re experiencing blocked ears and address them as needed. 

Earwax Removal at Sound Audiology & Hearing Aids 

If you’re looking for professionals to help you with earwax removal in Richland, Walla Walla, or Pasco, then our team at Sound Audiology & Hearing Aids has you covered.

We’ve helped hundreds of people who are in your exact situation. 

With three convenient locations and a team dedicated to transparent and professional service, you can rest assured that your hearing health is in capable hands.  

If you’d like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions that we may be able to answer, please click here for full information and to find the contact information for your local office. Or, request a callback. 

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Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

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