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How to Maintain Ear Health and Avoid Impaction

Dr. Alexandra Tarvin Hearing Health, Tips & Tricks 3 Comments

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Excess wax and buildup in your ears can be frustrating. However, earwax usually disperses naturally without manual cleaning. Many people still attempt to clean their ears themselves which can lead to infection. Cleaning your ears improperly may cause even more health issues and can damage your hearing. However, if earwax does not disperse naturally and continues to build up, it can cause impaction. Symptoms of impaction include:

  • Aching
  • Ringing
  • Hearing loss
  • Odor 

How can you ensure that your ears are healthy and void of infection without damaging them more? Here are several ear-cleaning methods to ensure ear health:

  1. Ask an audiologist to remove earwax in-office.
  2. Use a damp cloth to clean around the outside of your ear. This will help loosen the lodged earwax. 
  3. Use Earwax Softener that can be sold over-the-counter in most pharmacies. 
  4. Irrigate your ears using a syringe filled with water or saline solution.

If you are experiencing symptoms of impaction or need guidance for maintaining ear health, talk to an audiologist. Elevate Audiology provides ear cleaning, ear tests and recommendations for proper ear care. Call our office today at (864) 442-5555 and schedule an appointment.

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