Having trouble hearing? It may not be hearing loss, it could be earwax buildup. Using some cotton on a stick may work, but you could cause problems for your ear canal and in some cases you could even puncture your ear drum. Why take the risk? If you have that much buildup of earwax you should see your Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctor today.
What is Earwax
Earwax is a special coating created by glands in the ear (like sweating on other parts of the body). So why do we need wax? It has several important jobs: it protects and moisturizes the skin of ear canal, so you don’t have itchy ears, it contains special chemicals to fight off infections that could hurt the skin inside the ear canal, and it acts as a shield between the outside world and the eardrum so dust, dirt, and other things that enter your ear can’t travel any further than the main outer part of the ear canal.
Usually earwax doesn’t cause any problems, but you might have an issue if:
- Your ear canal has a deformity preventing the natural removal of earwax
- Use of different materials like a cotton swab for ear cleaning can push the wax too far down the canal
- Wearing of ear plugs or hearing aid, this can prevent the automatic removal of wax from your ears
You should never use cotton swabs to clean your ears. Used incorrectly the cotton swab can push earwax further down the canal making it difficult for your body to automatically remove it. Instead, if you are having ear cleaning problems, don’t take the risk. Visit your ENT today.
Some possible symptoms
- Difficulty in hearing
- Itchiness in the ear
- Discharge and odor from the ear
- Pain and ringing in the ear
Do you have these symptoms? Visit an experienced ENT who will find the best way to remove earwax. Your ENT is the best person to diagnose the real cause of your ear problem. If he finds it is causing the symptoms, he will remove the excess earwax safely and painlessly.
Your ear is a very sensitive part of your body and is unique to you.
Do you live in Nashville? Need a medical clinic with a strong ENT team?
Give Clinica Hispana La Paz a call 615-627-1282 or visit our website https://clinicahispanalapaz.net/ to find out more about our earwax removal services.