We offer cerumen (ear wax) removal with the Earigator™.

Enjoy a quick and easy experience of getting your ear wax safely removed. Our Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists may use the state-of-the-art, Earigator to gently irrigate or rinse out dry, impacted ear wax.

For more information, watch this educational video by Doctor Cliff, Au.D. who explains how the device has helped his patients.

For patients who do not want water in their ears- we offer ear wax removal using a curette and video otoscopy.

We invite you to schedule an appointment below.

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Why Is Ear wax in Your Ear?

Ear wax — also called “cerumen” — results from secretions by the ceruminous glands in the outer ear canal. The secretions help lubricate the ear canal and help maintain an acidic environment that curbs development of harmful bacteria and fungi.

Movements of the lower jaw — speaking or chewing, for example — continually move the ear wax toward the outer ear canal, helping cleanse the ear and push out excess wax.

Life without ear wax would be a lot less comfortable; it not only helps keep the canal clean but prevents dirt and other debris from reaching and potentially damaging the eardrum. In addition, ear wax can help keep ears from feeling itchy and dry.

Ear wax levels vary considerably from one person to the next. The typical amount produced can vary by age or gender as well as other factors.

Earwax Blockage

When Should Ear wax Be Removed?

Normally you needn’t remove ear wax; your ears will naturally handle that function by pushing out the excess.

At times, however, the ear glands may produce more wax than necessary, and ear wax blockage can occur. People who use hearing aids, wear earplugs, or push objects such as cotton swabs into their ears can be more prone to these problems.

About 10 percent of children and more than 30 percent of older and cognitively impaired patients have excessive ear wax, according to a report published by American Family Physician. The excess buildup — more than the ear can remove naturally — may cause one or more symptoms such as the following:

  • Itch, odor, or drainage
  • Partial hearing loss
  • Sensation of a plugged ear or fullness in the ear
  • Humming, ringing, or buzzing in the ears, or tinnitus
  • Pain in the ear
  • Vertigo, dizziness, or balance problems

When ear wax builds to the point of causing pain or other symptoms, or preventing a professional examination of the ear, it’s time to clean it out.


What Are the Dos and Don’ts of Ear Cleaning?

DO use a warm, soft cloth — after washing or showering — to remove normal amounts of ear wax at the outer ear, if needed.
DO gently soften the ear wax with drops of warmed olive oil, almond oil, water, or a commercial solution to remove larger amounts of ear wax or an ear wax plug.
DO try irrigating the ear by gently rinsing it out with water.
DON’T use ear candles, which may cause serious injury and have not been proven effective in limited clinical trials.
DON’T stick cotton swabs or other objects in the ear; they can cause injury and push wax farther into the ear canal.

Earwax dos and don'ts


When Should I See a Hearing Care Professional?

Sometimes ear wax buildup requires the attention of a professional who can examine your ears, determine the nature of the problem, and customize a treatment.

Treatment may include prescribing ear drops, applying wax-dissolving agents, using a suction technique, or providing another appropriate solution.

Consult your hearing care professional if one or more of the following applies:

  • Your symptoms persist, especially pain or hearing loss
  • Home remedies seem ineffective
  • Ear wax buildup is blocking your ear canal
  • Your eardrum may be perforated or punctured

If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with ear wax, contact us for an evaluation and customized treatment options for your individual needs. We can help with all your questions and concerns.