Francis Audiology Associates LLC
Pittsburgh's Leading Audiologists and Hearing Aid Specialists located in Wexford, PA
Our parents may have uttered the phrase “Putting anything smaller than your elbow into your ear can be dangerous”. Although we have known the risks of ear self-cleaning from the time we were children, so many people are still using a Q-tip to clean their ears. Self-ear cleaning has been reported to be associated with some diseases of the ear. Still, many people feel the need to remove ear wax in order to "clean" their ears.
Francis Audiology Associates can examine your ears with an otoscope to determine if you have excessive or hardened earwax. Our practice is conveniently located in Wexford, PA, serving all communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Call (724) 933-3440 or book an appointment online today!
Using a cotton swab to remove wax can push earwax deeper into the canal, where it can compact and harden. This can lead to hearing loss, dizziness, or pain. While the soft cotton gently removing the wax may feel good, doctors warn against this routine activity.
Earwax, or cerumen, is a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal. Its purpose is to protect and clean the skin of the human ear canal while protecting it from debris, bacteria, and water. There are actually a lot of normal things we readily do for our health, even though there is no real scientific evidence they help at all. In fact, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, unless ear wax is actually blocking your ear canal, you should just leave it alone.
Children usually have their ears checked as part of any medical examination. Still, every day, 34 kids are rushed to the doctor with ear cleaning injuries that can really hurt and also damage hearing. Only a certified audiologist or physician should remove excess earwax. To control this problem, here are some preventative steps to wax build-up:
Excessive ear wax is best addressed by a certified audiologist or physician. At Francis Audiology Associates, we can assist in the safe removal of ear wax. We are open from 8 am to 5 pm every Tuesday and Thursday and from 8 am to 4 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Call or book an appointment today!