Our team is fully trained and licensed to perform all types of earwax management including suction, curetting, and irrigation.

We will educate each client on how to avoid cerumen management in the future through the use of softening agents and at-home cleaning techniques that might help avoid full impaction in the future. The fee for wax removal is $40.00/ ear.

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Professional Ear Cleaning Process

During a professional ear cleaning, a healthcare provider, typically an audiologist or an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist, may perform the following procedures:

Examine the ear canal using an otoscope. This allows them to assess the condition of the ear canal and identify any visible issues, such as earwax buildup, foreign objects, or signs of infection.

If earwax (cerumen) is present and causing a blockage or discomfort, we can use a gentle water irrigation system, specialized tools like curettes or loops, or suction devices to remove the wax buildup.

Afterwards we will assess the overall condition of the ear, check for signs of infection, and ensure that the ear canal is clear and healthy. We may also provide ways for maintaining ear health and preventing future issues.

Proper Ear Cleaning

It’s important to have ear cleaning performed by a trained professional to avoid injury to the ear canal or eardrum. Attempting to clean the ears at home with objects like cotton swabs is discouraged, as it can push earwax deeper into the ear or cause injury. If you are experiencing ear-related symptoms or concerns, seek guidance and treatment from a healthcare provider.

Benefits to Getting Your Ears Cleaned by a Professional

It’s important to note that not everyone requires professional ear cleaning, and the frequency of cleaning may vary from person to person. Consulting with a healthcare provider can help determine if and when ear cleaning is necessary for your specific circumstances. Having your ears professionally cleaned by a healthcare provider offers several benefits:

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Relief from Discomfort

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Ear Cleaning FAQs

Is it safe to clean my ears at home using cotton swabs?

Cotton swabs are not recommended for ear cleaning, as they can push earwax deeper into the ear canal and potentially cause injury.

How do I know if I need my ears professionally cleaned?

You may need professional ear cleaning if you experience symptoms like hearing loss, ear pain, fullness in the ears, tinnitus, or if you have a history of earwax impaction.

What should I expect during a professional ear cleaning appointment?

A healthcare provider will typically examine your ears, use specialized tools or techniques to remove earwax or blockages, and offer guidance on ear care.

How often should I have my ears professionally cleaned?

The frequency of ear cleaning varies from person to person and depends on factors like earwax production and medical history. Consult with a healthcare provider for personalized recommendations.

Is ear candling a safe and effective method of ear cleaning?

Ear candling is not considered safe or effective for ear cleaning and can pose risks of injury and infection.

Why does ear wax accumulate?

Earwax accumulation is entirely normal and provides an antimicrobial function in our outer ear. Unfortunately, aging causes changes to the chemical composition of earwax. This can make complete wax impaction more common as we get older. Also, hearing aid use often acts to force wax back into the ear leading to impaction as well.

Can ear cleaning help with tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

If tinnitus is caused by earwax impaction, removing the blockage may alleviate the symptoms. However, tinnitus can have various causes, and professional evaluation is essential.

Can children have their ears professionally cleaned?

Yes, children can benefit from professional ear cleaning if they experience earwax buildup or ear-related discomfort.

Is ear cleaning painful?

Professional ear cleaning is typically not painful, though you may experience mild discomfort or pressure during the procedure.

Can ear cleaning prevent ear infections?

Proper ear cleaning may help prevent ear infections by removing debris and moisture that can contribute to infection. However, it is not a guaranteed preventive measure.

Can I wear hearing aids after ear cleaning?

Yes, it is safe to wear hearing aids after a professional ear cleaning. In fact, clean ears can help hearing aids function optimally.

If you require further information or have additional questions about ear cleaning, please do not hesitate to contact Bright Hearing for expert guidance and assistance.