Causes of Earwax Blockage
A blockage of earwax is usually caused by an overproduction of earwax or insufficient cleaning. Surprisingly, the most common cause of a blockage is incorrect at-home earwax removal. Often, instead of cleaning out the earwax it is just pushed deeper inside the ear. Earphone and ear plug usage can also cause wax buildup, as the earphones can prevent earwax from naturally coming out of the ear canal.
Symptoms of Earwax Blockage
Earaches, a feeling of fullness in the ear, hearing loss and ringing in the ear (tinnitus) are all common signs of earwax blockage. If the earwax is not removed an infection can develop. This would include severe pain in the ear that does not subside and a fever. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should talk to your ENT doctor, as these may also be signs of a more serious condition.
Video Otoscopy & Cerumen Removal
Through the use of video otoscopy, we are able to show you the inner workings of your ear. For some clients, the cause of a hearing deficit may be attributed to excessive wax build-up. We can use the video otoscope to visualize on a large screen the outer ear, ear canal, and eardrum. If cerumen build-up is the problem, then you can watch (in full color) as the audiologist removes the blockage.
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