Hear In Texas

Common Myths And Misconceptions Associated With Earwax Removal

We’ve heard plenty of myths, misconceptions, and treatment suggestions for cleaning out earwax over the years, but we’d like to set the record straight by responding to some of the most common ones.

Myth #1 – My Ears Make Too Much Earwax!

In reality, your ears make just the right amount of earwax. However, when you clean them too often, it signals the cells that produce earwax to step up and make more because your ear canal is getting too dry.

Myth #2 – Cotton Swabs Are The Best Choice For Removing Earwax

Nope, and they can be dangerous. When using a cotton swab, you will probably push the earwax farther down the ear canal until it becomes impacted. Besides packing wax against the eardrum, where it can cause infection, you run the risk of piercing it. Use cotton swabs for outer ear hygiene only.

Myth #3 – I Get My Earwax Removal Tips From Online Videos

DIY tutorial videos are great for advice on how to knit a sweater, build a dollhouse, make a pecan pie, or write product reviews, but the people who make them are rarely experts in audiology or have any experience in hearing health care. Online video tips used for removing your own earwax are likely to cause more harm than good.

Myth #4 – My Ears Will Sort It Out Themselves

Where the normal process of chewing and talking moves earwax to the outer ear where it falls out or is easy to wipe away, ear pain, muted sound, and stuffiness are signs that something is wrong. Impacted earwax will not work itself out. You’ll need the help of a hearing care professional who can provide safe and effective relief without doing any harm to your ears.

What Happens At An Earwax Removal Appointment?

At Hear in Texas, we’ve been helping people with their earwax removal for many years. Dr. Sally is trained to perform this service, and we’re happy to say that we have been able to remove earwax in most cases without having to refer the person to someone else, which can be a long and expensive process.

If you schedule an earwax removal appointment with us,
here’s what you can expect:

#1 – We Welcome You To Our Office

Our comfortable waiting room features magazines and toys for our adult, child, and adolescent patients to set their minds at ease and welcome you. Once one of our private rooms is available, we’ll walk you to it and make sure that you have everything you need to remain comfortable.

#2 – We’ll Talk About What’s Happening With Your Ears

In addition to asking about your earwax issues, we make sure that we’re meeting all of your hearing health needs by asking about any related symptoms and about any hearing challenges you’ve had in the past.

#3 – We Look Into Your Ears

Dr. Sally doesn’t go straight to digging around. She will look into your ear canal with a professional video otoscope, making it easier to see what’s going on inside your ear canal. That way, we know what we’re up against and can develop a plan for targeted removal.

#4 – We Clean Out All That Earwax

Most of the time, your ears just need a little warm water to soften up the wax and flush it out, but some issues are a bit more stubborn to deal with. For hard-to-reach or stubborn cases, we use a curette to reach in and scoop out any earwax that doesn’t come out on its own.

#5 – The Heavenly Feeling Of Relief!

We’re not sure exactly what heaven feels like, but some of our patients would describe the relief they feel after the stuffiness, muted sounds, and aching are gone as “heavenly.”

Schedule Your Earwax Removal Appointment

Dr. Sally is here to make sure your hearing system is working as it should, which includes the natural cleaning process performed by earwax. So, if you have any questions or concerns about earwax removal for you or your child, contact us by filling out the adjacent form.

One of our specialists will call you back in order to help schedule your earwax removal appointment and much-needed relief ASAP.

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