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Remove Excess
Earwax Buildup

Cerumen removal is the process of safely and effectively eliminating excess earwax from your ear canal. Earwax, or cerumen, is a natural substance produced by the glands in your ear to protect the ear canal from dust, foreign particles, and microorganisms. However, an overproduction of earwax or improper cleaning techniques can lead to buildup, causing discomfort, hearing impairment, and even ear infections.

During a cerumen removal procedure, a trained healthcare professional will use specialized tools and techniques to gently extract the excess wax from your ear canal. This process is typically quick and painless, offering immediate relief and restoring optimal hearing function. By undergoing cerumen removal, you can alleviate discomfort, improve your hearing clarity, and prevent potential complications and infections.

Cerumen Removal Treats:

  • Blocked or impaired hearing due to excessive earwax buildup
  • Discomfort or pain caused by impacted earwax
  • Ear infections resulting from cerumen obstruction
  • Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ears) associated with earwax accumulation
  • Balance issues due to pressure from impacted earwax
  • Itching or irritation in the ear canal caused by cerumen buildup

Advantages of Cerumen Removal:

  • Restores hearing clarity and quality by eliminating obstruction caused by excess earwax
  • Alleviates discomfort and pain associated with impacted earwax
  • Reduces the risk of ear infections and related complications
  • Improves balance and reduces dizziness caused by pressure from cerumen buildup
  • Relieves tinnitus symptoms associated with earwax accumulation
  • Enhances overall ear health and hygiene
  • Enhances the effectiveness of hearing aids or earplugs

Cerumen Removal FAQs

Is cerumen removal painful?

Cerumen removal is typically not painful when performed by a trained professional using appropriate techniques and tools. In fact, many patients report feeling immediate relief from discomfort after the procedure. However, attempting to remove earwax at home using improper methods or tools can cause pain, irritation, and even damage to the ear canal or eardrum.

How is cerumen removal performed?

During a cerumen removal, Dr. Highland will first examine your ears using an otoscope to assess the extent of the buildup and identify any underlying conditions. Depending on the severity of the buildup, she may use various techniques, such as irrigation, suction, or manual extraction, to safely and effectively remove the excess earwax.

How often should I have cerumen removal performed?

The frequency of cerumen removal depends on factors like the rate of earwax production, personal hygiene, and medical conditions. For most people, cerumen removal may be necessary every 6 to 12 months or as needed based on symptoms. Dr. Highland can provide recommendations for the frequency of cerumen removal based on your specific needs.

What can I expect after cerumen removal?

After cerumen removal, you may experience immediate improvement in hearing clarity and relief from discomfort or pressure in the ear. However, some mild residual symptoms, such as temporary dizziness or ear canal sensitivity, may occur for a few hours. Dr. Highland will provide post-procedure instructions, such as avoiding exposure to water in the ear, refraining from inserting objects into the ear canal, and following up for any necessary follow-up care.

Your Consultation

Alaska Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT is dedicated to providing exceptional care for your ear, nose, and throat needs. Led by Dr. Julie Highland, our fellowship-trained otolaryngology-head and neck surgeon, we ensure patient satisfaction and well-being. We believe in listening carefully to our patients and working collaboratively as a team to ensure the best possible outcomes. If you’re experiencing discomfort or hearing issues due to excess earwax buildup, schedule a consultation with us for expert cerumen removal.

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