Monday, November 21, 2011

Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and Ear Wax

So what can you do about ear wax?  Typically the ears move the wax out of the ear canal.  The hairs in the ear canal work the wax through the opening of the ear. When the wax is in the opening, wash it out with a washcloth.  Do not use cotton swabs in the ear.  This can push the wax on the eardrum or worse, rupture the eardrum.  The old saying, “don’t put anything smaller than an elbow in your ears” is good advice.  The ear canals and eardrums are very sensitive and easily damaged. 

Wax becomes a problem when it builds up and blocks the eardrum.  This causes temporary hearing loss.  If wax build up is the only problem, once the wax is removed, normal hearing is restored.  If you feel you may have a buildup of ear wax we can help, call 440-205-8848 for an appointment.  After we remove the wax, if we find you have permanent hearing loss, you may benefit from hearing aids.  Give hearing aids a try if they are recommended.  Life Sounds Great! Enjoy every moment!


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