Most of us know that ear wax is meant to protect the sensitive parts inside our ears. Their main purpose is to filter dust, dirt, and other microscopic particles from entering the innermost areas of the ear. However, ear wax can accumulate excessively after a period of time, causing ear wax problems not only in young children but also in adults. The most common problem caused by a buildup of ear wax is known as ear wax blockage, which necessitates ear wax removal. Since the buildup of wax inside the ear hinders our hearing and often leads to itchiness and irritation, one should consult an ENT specialist for regular ear wax removal.
If You Are Experiencing The Following:
You might be suffering from excessive earwax buildup.
What Is Ear Wax?
Ear wax is actually dead skin from the ear. It is normal and is even healthy when kept in an adequate amount. It also has antibacterial properties and helps to trap dust that enters the ear, facilitating the self-cleaning mechanism of the ear. In 90% of individuals, the ear has a self-cleaning ability, making it unnecessary to clean with cotton buds or ear diggers. In fact, over-cleaning the ears can lead to more wax production, which can be treated through ear wax removal. In some patients with skin conditions like eczema, it can lead to accelerated ear wax production. In these patients, it can lead to impacted ear wax. Patients can experience hearing loss or ear infections with pain and discharge from impacted ear wax. As there is always a chance of developing excess ear wax, it is advisable to see your ENT doctor for ear wax removal regularly in order to avoid infection and other complications.
What Is Impacted Ear Wax?
Most patients consulting the clinic for ear wax removal are suffering from impacted ear wax, with hearing loss as a key symptom. Experts always warn the public against the use of cotton buds and ear diggers for a reason. When you put something inside the ear canal to remove the ear wax, you are actually pushing some of the wax deeper inside, causing the wax to stick to the other parts of your inner ear, resulting in impacted ear wax. Because of this, the eardrum is obstructed and this results in hearing loss and potentially ear infections. ENT doctors in Singapore will need to remove the impacted wax using ear vacuum suction under microscopic vision for it to be safe. The ear wax removal procedure is known as an aural toilet. Ear Syringing is not always recommended as it introduces extra moisture into the ear canal and can potentially lead to injury of the eardrum.
Ear wax buildup, also known as cerumen impaction, occurs when too much ear wax accumulates in the ear canal. Several factors can contribute to the buildup, requiring ear wax removal:
The symptoms of ear wax buildup may vary from person to person, but common signs to watch out for include:
|Relief from symptoms: Ear wax removal can alleviate symptoms such as ear pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, and a plugged sensation, allowing for improved comfort.||Relief from symptoms: Ear wax removal can alleviate symptoms such as ear pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, and a plugged sensation, allowing for improved comfort.|
|Prevention of complications: In some cases, untreated ear wax buildup can lead to complications, such as ear infections or eardrum perforation. Prompt ear wax removal can help prevent such complications.||Risk of recurrence: Ear wax is a natural substance that helps protect the ear canal. While removing excessive ear wax can provide temporary relief, it does not prevent future wax production. Ear wax buildup may recur, necessitating periodic removal.|
|Improved hearing: By clearing the ear canal of blockage, ear wax removal restores normal hearing, which can enhance communication, social interactions, and overall quality of life.||Cost: Depending on the method used for ear wax removal, there may be associated costs, especially if seeking professional assistance or using specialised equipment.|
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