Cerumen, also known as earwax, is naturally produced by the glands in the ears to lubricate the ear canals and keep dust and debris from getting too far down in the ear canal.
Cerumen typically clears itself from the ears, but in some instances can accumulate and cause a blockage.
If excessive build-up or blockage occurs, it needs to be removed. While there are some home remedies available on the market, attempting to clear one’s own ear at home can be risky.
Most ear canal cleanings are quick, painless, and bring immediate relief. However, there are times when we will need to send you home with ear drops to help soften the wax and have you come back in a few days to a week. At other times, we will refer you to one of our partner ear, nose, and throat physician specialists who have high-powered microscopes and suctioning tools that may be required to remove particularly heavy wax build up.