Earwax might be natural, but when it becomes a nuisance, it's comforting to know there's a safe, efficient, and quick solution at hand.

What to Expect at an Earwax Removal Appointment: Spotlight on the Earigator

by | Oct 9, 2023 | Earwax, Patient Resources

Have you ever felt the discomfort of excessive earwax? You’re not alone. Many wonder if they’re producing more wax than normal.

While earwax plays an essential protective role, there are times when its removal becomes necessary, especially for optimal hearing and the correct functioning of hearing aids.

If you’ve considered getting your ears professionally cleaned, you might have a barrage of questions, like “Will it hurt?” or “How is it done?” Helmed by a dedicated husband and wife team, we at Nanaimo Clinic are here to demystify the process for you, with a specific focus on a revolutionary device called the Earigator.

The Examination

Upon arrival at your appointment, the first step is always a thorough examination of your ears. This helps your audiologist determine the extent and nature of the wax buildup.

Using a device like an otoscope, your audiologist will get a clear view inside your ear canal.

You’ll also get to see it thanks to a screen that displays the inner ear, ensuring you’re part of the process and understand the need for the subsequent procedure.

Enter the Earigator

Designed by an Otologist, the Earigator is not just an ear irrigation system. It combines the functionalities of an otoscope and irrigation into a single device, giving a truly advanced solution for cerumen control.

So, how does it work?

Temperature Control


The Earigator has a built-in mechanism to regulate the water temperature to match your body temperature. This prevents the dizziness or vertigo that can sometimes be triggered by temperature fluctuations.

Pressure Control


Impacted cerumen can be stubborn. The Earigator uses controlled pressure to ensure effective removal without putting the eardrum at risk.

Thanks to the Earigator, the earwax removal process at Nanaimo Hearing Clinic is incredibly efficient.

Once you've been deemed a suitable candidate for the procedure, you’ll undergo the above steps with your safety ensured.

Safety First


The Earigator ensures both temperature and pressure are optimal for your comfort.

Quick and Efficient


Often in under 30 seconds, your ear is cleaned of its excessive wax.

Visual Confirmation


Post-procedure, you get to look inside your ear using a camera, witnessing firsthand your squeaky-clean ear canal.

Duration and Aftercare

Earwax removal via the Earigator usually concludes within 30 minutes. After the procedure, there isn’t any recovery time (perhaps aside from witnessing what was cleared from your ears!), and you can resume your daily activities right away.

While not always necessary, regular follow-ups might be beneficial for those with recurrent excessive wax production.

Why Choose Nanaimo Hearing Clinic?

Here’s where the personalized touch matters. Nanaimo Hearing Clinic is driven by a duo passionate about bettering your hearing experience. Our expertise combined with state-of-the-art technology, such as the Earigator, ensures that you’re in the best hands.

Plus, the clinic isn’t just about addressing immediate concerns. We are invested in enhancing your lifestyle, bolstering your confidence, and improving your communication through comprehensive hearing aids and hearing care services.

Final Thoughts

If you’re among those wondering about excessive earwax, consider setting up an appointment. Not only will you benefit from cutting-edge technology like the Earigator, but you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that experts who genuinely care are handling your hearing health.

After all, earwax might be natural, but when it becomes a nuisance, it’s comforting to know there’s a safe, efficient, and quick solution at hand.

Remember, your hearing health plays a pivotal role in your overall well-being. Don’t delay addressing any concerns; Nanaimo Hearing Clinic is here to help.

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Hanan Merrill

Aside from enjoying a host of recreational and family activities, Hanan loves to help people solve problems. It really doesn’t matter whether he’s using his “handy” side to tinker with mechanical problems or his listening ear trained through years of experience as a pastor in a previous career…helping is what he enjoys doing. As a hearing instrument practitioner he enjoys the opportunity to get to know his clients in a relaxed atmosphere and to look for ways to minimize the effects of hearing loss. One of his greatest joys is when his clients report communicating easier, generally feeling more confident and relaxed, and in tune with life because of well tuned hearing devices.