Earwax, medically known as cerumen, is an important function for healthy and clean ears. While earwax often goes unnoticed, this naturally occurring substance serves some essential purposes.
- Protection: Earwax acts as a natural barrier that safeguards your ears from dust, debris, and foreign particles. It helps prevent these elements from reaching the delicate structures of the inner ear, including the eardrum and sensitive hair cells responsible for hearing.
- Moisture: Earwax contains oils that keep the skin in your ear canal lubricated and moisturized. This prevents dryness, itching, and discomfort, which can occur when the ear canal lacks proper moisture.
- Self-Cleaning: Your ears have a remarkable self-cleaning mechanism. Earwax gradually moves from the ear canal towards the ear’s opening, carrying with it any trapped debris.
Sometimes earwax can build-up too quickly or it doesn’t work itself out of the ear canal naturally and becomes impacted. Impacted earwax can cause discomfort, clogged ears, and muffled hearing.
To determine whether your muffled hearing is the result of impacted earwax or hearing loss, we recommend coming in for a hearing evaluation. This way we can look inside your ears to identify any blockage and ensure we take the necessary steps to get you hearing better again.
If you have stubborn earwax that is affecting your hearing, we can safely and efficiently remove it with our Earigator, the world’s most advanced self-contained ear irrigation system. The Earigator nozzle flushes body temperature water into the ear canal, dislodging impacted earwax. This method is pain free, quick, and highly effective.
Ear cleaning appointments with the Earigator don’t take long, so you can get back to enjoying your day quickly and with relief from clogged ears. If you have built-up earwax that is causing hearing difficulties, contact us about our Earigator cerumen management system today.