Ear Cleaning

At Francis Audiology Associates, we can assist in the safe removal of ear wax. Ear wax accumulation can be a frequent problem for some individuals. We offer same day appointments for the gentle removal of ear wax. Call or book an appointment today!
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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!

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FAQs on Ear Cleaning:

Why is self-ear cleaning dangerous?

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.

 

Is earwax harmful?

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.

 

What is Safe Ear Cleaning?

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:

  1. Keep your ears clean, safe, and free from itching by using an alcohol-dipped cotton swab in the outer part of the ear canal no more than once a week and never when your ear is infected.
  2. Remove impacted earwax by gently flushing your ear with a loosely inserted squeeze-bulb syringe containing tepid water. Leave space around the syringe tip for water to drain, so you avoid rupturing your eardrum.
  3. Use over-the-counter wax-softening drops, as well as home-use irrigators. These are effective and safe.

 

What should I do if I have earwax buildup?

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!

 

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