Cerumen, also known as ear wax, is a normal and healthy function of the ears. It is produced by the ears in order to clean and protect the ear canals from debris and bacteria. In most cases, it is best to leave earwax alone, unless it is causing a problem. Over time, wax can build up in your ear canal, harden and become stuck. Using a cotton swab can actually make the situation worse by pushing the wax in deeper
Ear wax can also cause damage to hearing aids. For someone wearing a hearing aid, it is important to have the ears examined for earwax buildup on a regular basis.
Many times you can’t feel the buildup of wax, but it can lead to temporary hearing loss. An audiologist can remove the earwax safely.
Call us to schedule a visit. Our audiologist will check your ears and can unplug them right away if need be.