Professional Earwax Removal in Nanaimo, BC

At Nanaimo Hearing Clinic, we specialize in safe and painless earwax removal. Earwax, or cerumen, is a natural substance produced by your body to protect and lubricate your ears.

However, excessive or impacted earwax can lead to discomfort and hearing issues. As your local earwax removal experts, we employ a variety of professional wax removal methods to ensure your ears are cleaned effectively and comfortably.

Shelagh Merrill, Hearing Practitioner performing earwax removal

Signs and Symptoms of Earwax Blockage

If you’re experiencing symptoms such as earache, a feeling of fullness in the ear, decreased hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), itching, or discharge, these can be signs of an earwax blockage.

It’s crucial not to ignore these symptoms, as they can worsen over time and potentially lead to complications such as otitis externa or damage to the tympanic membrane.

When To See a Professional

Attempting to remove earwax at home can be risky and potentially cause harm to your ears.

Common home methods like the use of cotton swabs can push the wax farther into the ear canal, increasing the risk of impaction, infection, or even damage to the eardrum.

Instead, it’s recommended that you consult with our professional team for safe and effective earwax removal.

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What Are the Benefits of Earwax Removal?

Professional earwax removal not only relieves discomfort but also improves your overall ear health and hearing ability.

After the procedure, our patients often report immediate relief and improved clarity of hearing. Regular checkups with our team can help prevent recurring issues and maintain the health of your ears.

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Relieves Discomfort

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Better Hearing Health

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Reduces Risk Of Infection

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Improved Hearing

Frequently Asked Questions About Earwax Removal

What causes earwax buildup?

Earwax buildup can occur for various reasons, including narrow or hairy ear canals, age, use of hearing aids or earplugs, and attempts to clean the ear with cotton swabs.

How can I tell if I have earwax blockage?

Signs of earwax blockage can include earache, tinnitus, hearing loss, a feeling of fullness in the ear, discharge, and itching.

Is it safe to remove earwax at home?

Home remedies can often push the wax farther into the ear, potentially causing damage. We recommend seeking professional help for safe and effective earwax removal.

How often should I get my ears cleaned?

The frequency can vary depending on the individual. Some people may need regular cleaning every six months to a year, while others may need it less frequently. Our team can provide personalized advice based on your needs.

What methods are used for professional earwax removal?

We use a variety of methods including ear irrigation, ear syringing, and microsuction, as well as the use of curettes and forceps. The chosen method depends on the individual’s specific needs and circumstances.

Does ear candling effectively remove earwax?

Ear candling is not recommended, as it has been shown to be ineffective and can even cause injuries, such as burns, ear canal blockages, and perforated eardrums.

Can earwax removal cause pain or discomfort?

With professional earwax removal, there should be minimal discomfort. Some patients might feel slight pressure or a tickling sensation, but it is generally not painful.

Are there any risks associated with earwax removal?

When carried out by professionals, earwax removal is typically safe. However, any procedure involving the ear can carry risks, which is why it should always be performed by qualified healthcare professionals.

How long does an earwax removal procedure take?

The procedure can take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the individual's condition and the amount of earwax to be removed.

Can I use cotton swabs to clean my ears?

We strongly advise against using cotton swabs for ear cleaning, as they can push the wax deeper into the ear canal, leading to impaction and potential damage.

The Safe, Effective Way to Remove Earwax

Earigator a highly effective and pain free way of removing earwax without the risk of adverse effects. It is safer, and much more comfotable than traditional methods of earwax removal, such as syringing.

Earigator combines the function of an otoscope (a tapered magnifying glass with a light, used for examination of the ear) and an irrigation system.

Because of the use of warm water alone there is little discomfort, if any, involved and yet the process is an incredibly effefctive solution for even stubborn cerumen problems

A self-contained temperature control ensures the water remains at body temperature which eliminates any caloric or vertigo side effects, and pressure regulation ensures the removal of impacted earwax without endangering the eardrum.

LED illumination and magnification provide your audiologist with a better view of what’s going on inside your ear canal, meaning more effective and targeted earwax removal that usually takes no longer than a few minutes. This also makes the Earigator suitable for use on children as well as adults.

Regular earwax removal appointments helps both hearing aid wearers and non-wearers. Removing the wax helps prevent feelings of stuffiness or the muffled sound that comes with earwax build-up. The Earigator is the safest, most-advanced, most effective solution to the problem of earwax, in a process that is quick, easy, and very comfortable.

Ready to Hear Better?

Nanaimo Hearing Clinic’s team of professionals is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, and efficient earwax removal experience. Whether you have recurring issues with earwax or it’s your first time needing help, our clinic is here to assist.

Schedule an appointment, with us today by completing the adjacent form, call us at (250) 585-4100, or visit us in Nanaimo, BC.

Don’t let earwax buildup affect your comfort and hearing health. Trust the experts at Nanaimo Hearing Clinic for all your earwax removal needs.

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