If your ears always feel blocked or full, or if you have trouble hearing out of one or both of your ears, you might have excess ear wax. The experienced team of board-certified doctors at Beach Cities ENTS in Torrance, California, offers expert and safe ear wax removal. You should never place anything into your ear canal, so call the Los Angeles area office for professional ear care treatments or book online today.
Ear wax, clinically known as cerumen, is a product your body makes to protect your ears. It lubricates your ears and traps dust and other debris. It has antibacterial properties that protect you from ear infections.
Most of the time, jaw movements like chewing push ear wax through your ear, and it comes out when you shower or wash your hair.
However, in some cases, your ear wax can build up and become impacted in your ear. This is usually due to you accidentally pushing the wax deeper into your ear with a cotton swab.
If you have excessive or impacted ear wax, you might notice symptoms, such as:
If you notice these symptoms, make an appointment at Beach Cities ENTS. When left untreated, impacted or excessive ear wax can lead to hearing loss, ear infections, or other symptoms.
Your doctor at Beach Cities ENTS begins by examining your ears to ensure that a buildup of wax is the root cause of your symptoms.
If necessary, your doctor uses specialized tools, including a microscope, to see the inside of your ear in detail, to carefully extract your ear wax. In some cases, they might use a tiny vacuum device to suction the wax out of your ears.
Your ears are typically self-cleaning, and showering, bathing, and chewing help your ears expel wax and any debris it catches. Some best practice advice for ear care include:
Putting cotton swabs, bobby pins, or even your finger into your ear can push wax further into your ear and compact it against your eardrum. You can also scratch the inside of your ear or even damage your eardrum.
If you’re concerned about excessive ear wax, call Beach Cities ENTS or make an appointment online for an exam and professional ear wax removal treatment.