Professional Cerumen (Earwax) Removal South Louisiana
Stuffiness, a feeling of fullness, aching, and muffled conversations are hearing issues that just about everybody deals with once in a while. Usually, these problems are symptoms of the excessive buildup of cerumen, also called earwax.
Generally speaking, earwax build-up is harmless, but it can also be a sign that something isn’t working as it should within your ears, which is why an earwax removal appointment at SLENT Hearing and Balance Center includes a comprehensive hearing assessment to check your overall hearing health, as well as safe, effective earwax removal.
Our professional earwax removal appointment and hearing assessment will typically last around 60 minutes. The hearing evaluation will probably be covered by your insurance, but earwax removal is not, which means you’ll have a $40 out-of-pocket fee for that portion of the appointment.
What Is Earwax?
The natural substance produced by cells in your ear canal to attract and trap unwelcome dirt and debris is known as cerumen, or, more commonly, earwax. In addition to helping clean your ears, it also has lubricating and protective properties that limit itching and irritation, as well as preventing the growth of various types of bacteria and fungi capable of producing ear infections.
In most cases, earwax is very useful and should be appreciated.
However, an extensive buildup of earwax can occur, or earwax can become impacted, leading to temporary hearing loss, ringing in your ears, a feeling of fullness, dizziness, headaches, balance issues, and ear pain.
Impacted earwax stems from a variety of problems, but one of the most common is the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears. When you clean your ears with a cotton swab or some other object (we really shudder at the thought), you will push the wax deeper into your ear canal, causing a buildup or blockage.
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Busting the Myths About Earwax
MYTH #1 – “My body produces too much earwax!”
MYTH #2 – “Cotton swabs are great for removing earwax.”
MYTH #3 – “Just follow the online tutorials to remove your own earwax.”
MYTH #4 – “My ears will naturally clean/fix themselves.”
Fact: Under normal circumstances, earwax works its way from deep inside the ear canal to the outer ear while you talk and chew. However, once earwax buildup has become impacted, your ears will need some help in order to prevent an ear infection and the potential for ongoing damage to your ears.
What Happens During an Earwax Removal Appointment?
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1. We Welcome You to Our Office
2. We’ll Talk About Your Ears
We’re concerned about your earwax issues, but we also want to make sure we meet all of your hearing health needs, so we’ll also ask about any related symptoms or hearing challenges you’ve been experiencing.
3. A Physical Examination of Your Ears
We could just start poking around inside your ears, hoping to get all of the earwax out, but that’s not what we do. Using an otoscope, your audiologist will take a look into your ear canal to see what’s going on in there so we can develop a plan for targeted removal.
4. We Clean Out the Earwax
Usually, your ears just need a little warm water to soften up the wax and flush it out. When built-up or impact earwax is a bit stubborn, your audiologist will reach for a curette to scoop out any earwax that doesn’t come out on its own.
The pain, stuffiness, muted sound and ringing in your ears that was bothering you will disappear the instant all of the earwax is gone. It’s a relief that some of our patients describe as “heavenly.”
Schedule Your Earwax Removal Appointment
We are dedicated to making sure your hearing system is working as it should, including the natural cleaning process performed by earwax.
So, if you have any questions or concerns about earwax removal for you or your child, contact SLENT Hearing and Balance Center for an earwax removal appointment by filling out the adjacent form.
One of our specialists will call you back to help schedule an earwax removal appointment and much needed relief ASAP.