Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors – Wax (Cerumen) removal experts

4620997Time again to discuss ear wax removal. As a nation, we seem to be obsessed with football, baseball, food and ear wax. Yes, ear wax. Everyday I get more and more elaborate questions about how to remove ear wax and which kit to use to remove it. There is an easy answer — none of the above.

Wax is made by glands deep in the ear and serves as an anti-bacterial. Once it has served its purpose, tiny hairs work to move the wax to the outer portion of the ear canal and then it comes out.

Excess build-up of wax can occur for many reasons but the take home point is that you should not use any kits, instruments, pins etc to try and remove ear wax. Using these types of items could result in permanent hearing loss, bleeding or infections. Otolaryngologists have special tools and microscopes to remove the wax safely so you can hear better while avoiding untoward complications.

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