Earwax Removal

Clearing The Way

One of the most common causes of troubled hearing is a buildup of earwax or, in medical terms, cerumen.  Cerumen helps protect your sensitive eardrum by trapping dirt, sand, insects and other foreign substances.

Earwax also repels water.  As a moisturizer, it helps prevent excessive dryness in the ear canal and on the outer ear.  And, as an antibacterial agent, it helps prevent infection.

For some of us, though, it’s too much of a good thing.  Too much earwax can block the ear canal and make hearing extremely difficult.  You see, excess earwax is supposed to flow outside your ear.  Dried or excessive cerumen normally either falls outside the ear or can be wiped free.In younger people, earwax is usually softer and more flexible.  But, as you get older, earwax can harden and become even more difficult to remove.

This “hardened” earwax is more likely to block your ear’s passage.  If exposed to water, it’s more likely to swell.

What’s more, if you produce a lot of earwax, have small ear canals, or both, you may be more susceptible to blockage.  If you wear a hearing aid or wear earplugs at work, you may face even more difficulty.  Hearing aids or earplugs – by blocking your ear canal and preventing the flow of earwax – can actually keep your ears from naturally eliminating wax.

Regardless, if you produce too much earwax, or if its natural flow to the outside of your ear is disrupted, it can become impacted.

And your hearing can suffer.

Serious Problem

Impacted earwax must be removed.  Because it can seriously diminish hearing, excess earwax can lead to other serious social and physical problems.

Fortunately, the solution may be as simple as removing the excess earwax.

That said, it’s important to remove it properly.  You’ve probably heard, “Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.”  That’s good advice because if you try to remove earwax by using cotton swabs, fingernails or other small instruments,  you’re likely to make matters worse.

You probably won’t remove the impacted earwax.  Instead, you’ll just push it farther down, making it even harder to remove.

You Have A Choice

Fortunately, you have a choice.  Improving your hearing may be as simple as clearing your ear canal by removing the impacted earwax.  Our audiologists can perform this procedure.  Occasionally, before earwax can be removed it must first be softened and loosened.  At Hearing Consultants, we use Audiologist’s Choice, which contains Carbamide Peroxide – the only FDA-accepted, safe and effective agent for softening and loosening earwax.

Please call the office, at 513-489-3300 and schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists for a thorough ear examination, because if you have shown a tendency to build up earwax once, chances are, before long you’ll have the same problem again.

Successful Hearing Aid Use

People naturally think that buying a good hearing aid is the first and last step to better hearing.

But you can’t buy the ability to hear again. You can only relearn it.

Improving your hearing is not just a matter of having the best technology that is available. Your brain has to adapt to the new way you receive and process sound with your hearing aid. That’s why we say that a driving desire to learn is a fundamental requirement to overcoming your hearing problem.

The most successful hearing aid users will tell you: the real price they paid for better hearing was the time they spent practicing. Fortunately, it’s a great investment!

Here are 7 steps that you can take to complete your transition to the use of hearing aids:

  • Admit that you have a permanent hearing problem.

Improving your hearing isn’t a New Year’s resolution you can give up by February. Changing your quality of life will take a lifetime of new habits.

  • Seek help with a positive attitude.

Change is easier with a can-do approach. As your hearing professionals, we can offer you lots of support. So know what we know: you can do it.

  • Learn all that you can about your hearing problem.

The more you understand about your hearing, the better. It’s always easier to work toward a solution when you have a good grasp of the problem.

  • Commit not to quit.

By purchasing your hearing aid, you’ve taken the first step toward better hearing. But it’s only the first one on your journey. Make a plan to put in the work and stick with it.

  • Set realistic expectations for yourself.

Talk with your hearing professionals about the hearing changes you can expect in the short term and the long term, and work toward those goals.

  • Practice the use of your hearing aids.

Practice, practice, practice! You didn’t master a musical instrument or learn to play your favorite sport without putting in the time.

  • Have patience while your brain acclimates to ambient sound and noise.

Remember your first day on a new job or the first time you tried to get around a new city? You didn’t expect to be comfortable and confident right away. Change is hard! You may find it bewildering and exhausting at first to get used to your new hearing aid. Give yourself a chance to adapt to your new way of hearing.

Hearing aids are only a starting place. Time spent in practice with patience and a willing attitude is the most important step.

The decision to have a good attitude about going through the process to improve your hearing must be yours. As hearing professionals, we cannot make this commitment for you; it is your choice alone.  A cheerful attitude will not only affect your success but will be an encouragement to everyone you know!
To achieve better hearing, you have to work at it daily. So what’s your plan for today?