Earwax has an important role in keeping your delicate inner ears healthy. If you have earwax buildup and it affects your hearing, the skilled team at Auburn Medical Group in Auburn, California, can help. The team offers earwax removal using gentle and safe methods to extract earwax without damaging your inner ears. To see if you need earwax removal, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Earwax removal is a safe and gentle way of removing a blockage in your inner ear when you have a buildup of wax.
Earwax (cerumen) is a secretion that helps to lubricate, clean, and protect the ear canal. It slows bacterial growth and traps dirt, and then leaves your ear naturally. If the earwax stops moving or hardens, it can create a blockage that affects your quality of hearing.
You might need to have earwax removal if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Other conditions may cause similar symptoms, so it may not always be an earwax blockage. The team at Auburn Medical Group can help you determine if you need earwax removal or another treatment.
Many people try to clean their ears themselves, but it may cause more complications in some cases. If you end up pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal, it can cause impaction.
However, the blockage is not the only thing that is an issue. Your eardrum and ear canal are also easy to damage if you insert a device into your ear to remove the wax.
During earwax removal, your provider can see down your ear canal and take special precautions to protect your ear’s delicate structures, which is something you can’t do on your own.
Your provider at Auburn Medical Group uses an instrument (curet) to clean your ears or a suction device designed for earwax removal. They may also flush out the wax with lukewarm water.
If you have recurring blockages or ear problems that require expert earwax removal, the team may recommend a special wax-removal medication such as carbamide peroxide. These ear drops must be used as directed by your provider as the fluid can irritate the skin inside the ear.
Call Auburn Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about earwax removal.