Ear Wax Removal
A build up of ear wax can be a contributing factor to a loss of hearing. There is no way for you to know if you have excessive ear wax, or if it is creating hearing loss; this is why we encourage everyone who thinks they have hearing loss to schedule an appointment and be checked.
One of our audiologists or hearing providers will examine your ears carefully to diagnose the situation, then if ear wax is a problem, remove it carefully and safely.
Not only can a build up of ear wax affect hearing, it can also lead to ear infections, tinnitus, and even vertigo, the sense of being unbalanced. More commonly, ear wax causes itchniness in the ear or an earache. At Worth Hearing Center, we advise that you never use cotton swabs in the ear canal as they push the ear wax deeper into the canal.
Risk factors that people may have that tend to cause more ear wax include:
- Age: ear wax tends to become harder and drier as people age, increasing the risk it also affects hearing
- Eczema: those with skin conditions may have more likelihood of ear wax buildup
- Having hairy ear canals
- Having ear canals that are very narrow
To see if ear wax could be a contributing factor to hearing loss, schedule an appointment at the Worth Hearing Center location nearest you in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho.