Ear Wax Removal
A build up of ear wax can be annoying, and over time, it 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.
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 itchiness 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
If you continue to feel a wax build-up is a concern, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment for a hearing assessment.