Cerumen, or earwax, is produced in the ear canal to lubricate and protect the ear from debris. While cerumen production is typically not a problem for most people, certain situations and conditions can cause our ears to overproduce it, resulting in blockages that can disrupt hearing and cause inflammation or pain. Symptoms of a cerumen blockage can include an earache or tenderness of the ear, a sensation of pressure in the ear, ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus), and even sudden hearing loss. Once your audiologist clears this blockage, these symptoms are often immediately relieved.
Despite their common usage, cotton swabs are not effective tools for clearing out excess cerumen. The use of cotton swabs can worsen the accumulation by packing earwax deeper into the ear canal. Other over-the- counter earwax removal systems can also prove to be ineffective for serious blockages.
At Cedar Rapids Hearing Center we’re fully equipped to deal with all types of cerumen buildup. Our expertise with the various causes of excess cerumen production can also help you prevent another blockage in the future.
If you’re dealing with the discomfort of cerumen buildup, contact us today to find the relief you need!