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Ear Wax Removal

Wax is an important and natural secretion produced by the ear canal. While wax protects the ear canal from any foreign objects or dust, it also protects the sensitive skin in the ear canal from irritation. However, too much wax may become a problem, as it blocks the ear canal and reduces the ability of the sound to pass through to the inner ear effectively.  

Signs of ear infection:

Ear pain
Sense of fullness in the ear
Tinnitus (ringing or busszing noise in the ear)
Reduced hearing sensitivity in the affected ear
Dizziness/vertigo
Own voice sounds echoey

Please note Ear Wax that does not cause any symptoms and that does not block the ear canal, does not require further management.


Treatment

The Audiologist will perform an otoscopic examination, whereby an instrument will be used to look into the ear in order to observe the ear canal. Should the ear canal be blocked with wax, the Audiologist will proceed to remove the wax or recommend a suitable treatment plan.
The Audiologist either uses a curette or makes use of an irrigation method to remove the wax, depending on the consistency and positioning of the wax in the ear canal.

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