Ear wax? Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear, see a pro!

Like sweat and tears, ear wax – or cerumen – is a normal, natural product of our bodies. Produced by tiny glands in our ear canals, ear wax is an antifungal, antibacterial substance which protects the outer ear from dust and other tiny particles we come in contact with every day. A normal amount of ear wax contributes to good hearing health.

The amount and texture of ear wax produced varies from one individual to another. One person may create too little ear wax, making the ear canal dry, itchy and prone to bacteria. Another person may create too much ear wax, causing a build-up deep in the ear canal affecting hearing quality. Excessive ear wax can also have a detrimental effect on the optimum operation of hearing aids.

Ear wax hygiene is especially important for hearing aid wearers. Surplus wax may enter the speaker of the hearing aid, causing damage and potentially extensive and expensive repairs to the circuitry.

When keeping your ears clean and clear of excess wax, remember the old saying, “put nothing smaller than your elbow in your ear.” Cotton swabs are meant only to clean the creases of the outer ear, not to be inserted in the ear canal! Swabs, keys, paper clips, pencils – any of these inserted in the ear canal risk scratching the ear canal, damaging your ear drum, or pushing ear wax further down the passage causing painful impaction.

Excess ear wax can be removed simply and effectively by your hearing healthcare professional. Appropriate methods are used to remove adequate wax to prevent problems to hearing and hearing technology, while leaving enough to continue to protect and lubricate your ear canal and ear drum. Health Canada strongly cautions against the use of ear candling as an alternative ear wax removal method citing it as risky and ineffective.

For more information on how ear wax can affect your hearing or to book an appointment at the Lincoln Hearing Clinic with registered audiologist, Jerry Laufman, visit www.lincolnhearing.ca & send a message through our Contact Us page, or call Lorraine Baker-Laufman at 905-563-HEAR (4327).

 

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