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Earwax plays a key role in ear health. It prevents infection by trapping dirt while also protecting the tissues in the ear. However, over time, it can build up in the ear, causing hearing issues and other problems.

If you’re like most people, your first instinct may be to reach for a cotton swab to get rid of ear wax, but this can be dangerous. Keep reading to learn about the safest way to remove earwax.

Why Too Much Earwax Can Be a Bad Thing

Healthy ears have a good coating of earwax for protection. However, excessive ear wax can cause a blockage in the canal. This can lead to hearing issues, infections, dizziness, earaches, and other issues. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to safely remove earwax to prevent further problems.

Earwax problems are even more common for hearing aid wearers. Hearing aids block the natural migration of earwax from the ear. They may also stimulate the production of more earwax. Scheduling routine appointments with an ear specialist can prevent excessive buildup, which can damage hearing aids.

What’s the Safest Way to Remove Earwax?

One of the most common methods people use for earwax removal is by using a cotton swab. The problem is that this method pushes earwax further into the canal, which can worsen hearing issues. The safest way to remove earwax is to use over-the-counter ear drops that lubricate or break up earwax.

Another option is to soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide or a simple saline solution. Place a few drops in the ear while tilting your head to allow gravity to help loosen and drain the wax.

While you may be able to safely remove earwax at home, it’s often best to schedule an appointment with a professional. An ear specialist knows the ins and outs of safely and effectively removing earwax to restore your hearing.

Keep Your Ears Healthy at Potomac Audiology

If you’re experiencing the telltale signs of earwax build up, don’t wait! Get safe earwax removal at Potomac Audiology. Contact us today at 240-477-1010 to schedule an appointment!

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