Managing Ear Wax

Managing Ear Wax

December 2, 2021

Do you ever wonder why we have WAX (CERUMEN) in our ears?

 

The correct name for ear wax is CERUMEN and the presences ofcerumen in the ear canal is a  normal andhealthy phenomenon. Wax is a natural moisturiser and prevents the skin insidethe ear from becoming too dry. It also traps dirt and dust and foreign bodiesbefore they can reach deep into the canal.

Wax will vary in appearance and is most often yellowish orbrown in colour and can be hard or soft. Too much wax in the ear can causetemporary hearing loss and should be removed.

The entire ear canal is involved in producing ear wax. Thisincludes the Cerumen glands, Sebaceous glands and the bony ear canal. Smalldrops of amber-coloured cerumen are excreted onto the skin of the cartilaginousear canal. It is a mixture of secretion for the cerumen and sebum glands. Thefluid forms drops on the fine hairs in the ear canal and spreads onto its walland the fluid dries and forms a more solid cerumen. The wax then migrates tothe outer part of the canal and is helped along by jaw movement during speechand especially during yawning and chewing. The earwax usually ends up in theear canal’s opening and is removed by ordinary washing.

Unfortunately individuals often have a compulsion to “clean”their ears with cotton buds, paper clips or hairpins, keys etc. If your hearingis reduced you can often feel “blocked up” or can’t hear properly and in someinstances wax can even cause a droning tinnitus. Sometimes the wax might be asolid plug which is a mixture of wax, dried skin and shed hairs and these plugscan be very hard and should be removed.

At Sharon King Hearing Centres we recommend the use ofCleanEars which is all natural product which consists of squalene ( derivedfrom Olive Oil) mineral oil and spearmint oil. The squalene is similarcomposition to ear wax but in liquid form. When it is sprayed into the ear thesqualene collides with the cerumen and through imparting its kinetic energy, itpartially liquefies the ear wax. The mineral oil irrigates the ear and removesthe liquified ear wax. The Spearmint oil warms the ear canal and provides apleasant odour.  At SKHC we have foundthis product to give the best results and most often results in removal ofwax.  

At Sharon King Hearing we encourage people to call into ouroffice so that we are able to check your ears prior to booking an appointmentas often by just using CleanEars for a few days it will help remove the wax. Ifthis is not the case we request that you use the spray for 4 days before yourappointment to ensure that we are able to remove it safely either by syringingor mico-suction.

Caution should be used if there is a history of earperforation or ear infection. If in doubt always consult your GP.

No appointment is needed if you just need us to check yourears for wax.

If you have any questions we encourage you to call into ouroffice to chat with our friendly staff.

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