Ear Wax and Ear Care
Earwax (medical term cerumen) is a normal secretion of the ear. It protects the skin of the ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection against bacteria, fungi, insects and water. Skin lining the ear canal naturally migrates from the centre of the ear drum to the outer ear and wax moves along with it, together with any debris it has collected. Factors such as age, diet, lifestyle, genetics and ethnicity can determine how much wax we produce and retain.
Earwax can become a cause of pain or hearing discomfort when it becomes impacted in the ear canal. The use of cotton buds, hair pins and in-ear headphones can contribute to the problem. Dry skin, narrow or distorted ear canals, the daily use of ear plugs or hearing aids can also cause impaction of ear wax.
Help for excess ear wax
At The Hearing Care Centre, we advise that ears be examined frequently before they become fully blocked and impacted. However, if your hearing and comfort is being affected by excess ear wax, we can offer highly effective treatment.
Removal by microsuction is available at our main Colchester centre and selected outclinics. All wax removals are conducted by our qualified audiologists, who have undergone accredited microsuction and wax removal training. Our frontline staff are trained to check for the presence of ear wax and can examine you ‘on the spot’, without an appointment. We also stock Earol medical grade olive oil, to help soften ear wax.
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