If your ears feel clogged, it may be time for a “cleaning.” While earwax is a self-cleaning agent that our body produces, sometimes it doesn’t always work itself out of our ears after collecting dirt, bacteria, and debris. While we never need to truly clean our ears, we do need to clear it of wax that has built up over time and, as a result, has started to affect our hearing.
This is called impaction and the symptoms include – earaches, ringing in the ear, impaired hearing, odor from the ear, dizziness, and coughing. If you have hearing aids or use earplugs, you’re more likely to develop excess wax. Those who are older in age and those with developmental disabilities are also at higher risk of impaction. While the best way to remove wax is by visiting your doctor, here are some tips to help you should you decide to do this at home.
If you experience pain in the middle ear, fluid drainage, or impaired hearing, you may have an ear infection. If this is the case, call us immediately so we can schedule an appointment and help you get back on track to hearing well and feeling better.