Ear wax is helpful in multiple ways. It acts as a natural cleanser by trapping the dirt, slowing bacteria growth, and protecting your ear canal.
An excessive build-up of ear wax isn't good for your ears. If your ears get blocked by ear wax, you may experience many complications leading to infections and hearing loss in some cases.
Ear wax blockage is a common problem that occurs when wax accumulates in your ear and becomes too hard to wash away naturally. An excessive ear wax build-up can turn out to be a complicated issue.
If the ear wax build-up isn't treated timely, it may lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. Hence, you must visit an ear clinic to get your ear wax removed so that the issue does not get further complicated.
What Are the Symptoms of Ear Wax Build-Up?
The following are some of the symptoms of excessive ear wax build-up.
- You may experience an ear infection
- Intense ear pain
- Itchiness in the ears
- Ringing or tinnitus
- A feeling of fullness in the ears
- Experiencing difficulty in hearing
- Sudden or partial hearing loss
- A sense of being unbalanced which leads to nausea and dizziness
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you must consult your doctor immediately book an appointment for ear wax removal.
Do Not Try Ear Wax Removing at Home
It is worth mentioning that you should not try to treat excessive ear wax yourself using cotton swabs. By doing this, you may complicate the issue further by pushing the earwax further into the canal.
How to Treat Excessive Ear Wax?
There are plenty of ways of treating ear wax build-up. Let’s discuss a few of them.
Micro-suction is undoubtedly the best and most effective method of ear wax removal. A suction device is used to remove the ear wax in this process. The process is entirely safe, painless, and incredibly effective at removing ear wax.
· Ear Drops
Ear drops function to loosen the wax. Some of the popular ear drop ointments are; sodium bicarbonate and olive oil. However, this option should not be considered for someone suffering from a perforated eardrum.
Historically, GP Medical Practice’s used this method for ear wax removal. In this method, a pressurised flow of water helps in breaking the ear wax. However, this method is not as effective as the micro-suction process and is considered an out-dated method. In saying that, it does still have it’s place depending on the patient and is still the recommended method if earwax is to be removed from a child.
At Deeside Ear Care, we offer both microsuction and where appropriate syringing (irrigation). See here for further information and to book an appointment for ear wax removal Aberdeen.