Safe Professional Earwax Removal

Stuffiness, pressure, muted sound, and even aching in your ears are all common signs that your ears might be plugged up with earwax. Earwax buildup is irritating but easy to treat.

Earwax (or cerumen) is a natural substance produced by your body to clean out the dirt, debris, fungi, and bacteria from the ear canal, working to protect your middle and inner ear from infection. However, there are times when earwax builds up and becomes impacted, leading to stuffiness, an inability to hear, pain and pressure, or ringing in your ears.

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions about earwax removal, but the safest, most effective, and healthiest way is to deal with earwax buildup is to consult with an ENT professional.

Our professionals at Scottsdale ENT have helped hundreds of local people overcome the challenges of built-up and impacted earwax.

What Is Earwax?

Known as cerumen, earwax is an oily-wax secretion produced by special glands in the ear canal combined with dead skin cells. This sticky substance attracts dirt, debris, bugs, fungi, bacteria, and whatever else might be in your ear canal. As you talk and chew, the vibrations in your ear canal move the wax and unwanted debris toward the outer ear canal, like a janitor sweeping the floor. Most of the time, the process is completed naturally without you even noticing, but it can become built up or impacted, which is when your problems start.

Earwax removal doctor inspecting a male patient ear

What Is The Cause Of Earwax Buildup?

There are several reasons you might be experiencing earwax buildup, but one of the most common reasons is due to how you clean your ears.

When you use bobby pins, cotton swabs, or some other long slender item (much too painful to think about), you are probably pushing the earwax deeper into your ears and causing a blockage so that the earwax cannot move out on its own.

Other possible causes of impacted earwax include having a very narrow ear canal or a blockage due to regularly wearing hearing aids or earbuds (for personal music or as hearing protection). Without proper cleaning and care, earwax does not work its way out of your ears in the way it is designed.

Conditions like eczema or infections can also contribute to your ears producing unnecessary amounts of earwax as well.

There is a delicate balance when it comes to allowing your earwax to do its job and preventing earwax buildup, which is why working with a hearing care professional is the best solution for your problem.

How Does Scottsdale ENT Do Earwax Removal?

If you’ve never had an audiologist or ENT specialist clean your ears, you might have plenty of questions and concerns running through your mind. To help set your mind at ease, here is exactly what you can expect when you visit one of our ENT professionals for earwax removal.

#1 – We Get To Know You

The first things on our list are helping you relax and getting to know you, so we start off with a friendly chat about you, your medical and hearing history, your occupation and interests, and the earwax buildup symptoms you’re experiencing. This conversation helps us identify issues that may be contributing to an ongoing earwax buildup problem as well as other hearing care concerns.

#2 – Ear Inspection

We’ll move on by taking a deeper look inside your ear canal using our expert equipment to see exactly what is going on inside your ear canal to cause the blockage. This step helps us target your specific issue for safe and effective removal.

#3 – Unblocking Your Ears

TORS recovery times are significantly shorter when compared to open procedures. Because patients experience fewer side effects, they usually return to their regular routines much sooner. Additional questions about complications and recovery from transoral robotic surgery should be directed to Dr. Heiland’s office.

#4 – Instant Relief!

TORS in not the best treatment option for all patients with cancer of the tonsils, tongue base, or larynx. When other treatment options provide positive results without side effects, our specialists do not recommend TORS. Candidates for the procedure are usually those who are not seeing positive results from other treatments. For example, a sleep apnea patient who receives inadequate or no benefit from CPAP is a potential candidate for TORS.

Kurt E. Heiland, M.D,. who has significant experience with the procedure is the most qualified specialist in the region when it comes to offering TORS or recommending an alternate form of treatment.

Audiologist explaining the earwax removal process to a patient

Schedule An Earwax Removal Appointment Today!

Extracting your earwax at home does not produce safe and effective relief. Rather than making the problem worse, let one of our earwax removal specialists at Scottsdale ENT help bring you the lasting relief you deserve.

If you, or a loved one, is experiencing acute or frequent earwax buildup, then it’s time to get the professional help you need by completing and submitting the adjacent form. We’ll call you right back and help you schedule an earwax removal appointment.

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You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

“I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

“I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

“You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

“My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.