What is Cerumen?
Cerumen is commonly known as “earwax’. It is a substance that is naturally produced by the glands in your ears and serves to lubricate the ear canals and keep dust/debris out.
In some cases, cerumen may begin to accumulate and cause a blockage. Some symptoms include:
- Ringing in the ears (also known as Tinnitus)
- Hearing Loss
- Ear Pressure
Removing Ear Wax
We recommend you do not try to remove it on your own. Most people will try to use cotton swabs to clean their ears and remove any blockages. Often using cotton swab can actually push the blockage farther down the canal causing more serious problems.
The consistency of the wax determines the method used to remove the ear wax. Manual removal methods use specialized tools with loops that are affixed to a penlight and/or a tiny vacuum. Extremely impacted earwax or hardened earwax might require treatments using a softening solution.
Cerumen management is a preventive maintenance procedure. The audiologist will work with the patient on routine ear care and set a quarterly schedule for cerumen removal and follow-up visits.
Call our office, if you are experiencing pain or discomfort as a result of earwax. Our audiologists are available to help.