Urgent Care for Ear Wax Removal
Ear wax buildup is a common issue faced by people of all ages. While it may manifest for some as a minor annoyance, too much ear wax can lead to complications such as hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus and other issues.
While the ears are generally considered to be “self-cleaning,” those who experience symptoms of ear wax buildup often require lavage—a safe way of cleaning the ears performed by a medical professional.
What Causes Ear Wax Buildup?
It’s unclear as to why certain people experience issues relating to ear wax buildup more than others, although the problem tends to occur more frequently in adults than in children and adolescents. Some individuals simply produce more ear wax than others; those who wear hearing aids or use in-ear headphones may be at additional risk. The ear canal can also get blocked when objects such as cotton swabs are used with the intention of removing buildup; often resulting in compacted ear wax.
What are the Symptoms of Ear Wax Buildup?
Symptoms of ear wax buildup include:
- Hearing Difficulties
- Ringing in Ears
Diagnosing and Treatment of Ear Wax Buildup
If ear wax buildup is causing pain, loss of hearing or both, the problem can be addressed either via irrigation with a special ear wash solution, with a small tool or with suction. Ear lavage is commonly used to address ear wax buildup, which involves using a syringe filled with saline solution to remove debris from the ear canals. Softening of impacted ear wax with drops may be required before flushing.
Irrigation and wax softening agents (ear drops) can help to remove ear wax in pediatric patients. Manual removal via a plastic or metal curette (or similar tool) may also be recommended depending upon the severity of buildup.
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