Earwax (Cerumen)

Earwax is a normal coating on the external auditory meatus (ear canal) secreted by glands in the skin of the ear canal.  It's purpose is to protect your ears by trapping outside materials such as dirt, dust, and bacteria.  The ear usually cleans itself by shedding earwax on its own, although some people have a build up of earwax.  The most common reason for this is genetics.  The other reason for earwax buildup is using a Q-tip.  Q-tips should only be used on the outer ear , as they can push the wax deeper into the canal causing impaction or even perforating the ear drum. 

Those who have chronic earwax problems can be set up with a maintenance program of either wax softening drops or a blend of pure oils.  We can let you know how the maintenance program is working by performing video otoscopy, which will show you on a monitor screen what your ear canal and earwax looks like.  Wax is the #1 cause of hearing aid malfunction and can cause many other bothersome symptoms.  This is the reason wax management is so important.  The audiologists at Audiology Associates have the proper training and skills to safely, effectively, and comfortably remove earwax without causing damage to the ear drum.