Ocala Doctors

Ear blockage by and buildup of earwax can be not only annoying but also disruptive to your wellness. Blockage symptoms can include an earache or a “full” feeling in the ear, ringing in the ears, muffled hearing, or dizziness.

The standard procedure used by doctors to remove excess earwax, or cerumen, and foreign materials from the ear is ear irrigation. Naturally the ear secretes wax to protect and lubricate the ear as well as to keep debris out and hinder bacterial growth. Usually the body keeps the amount of earwax in the ears under control. However, too much earwax or hardened earwax can cause a blockage in the ear. This can result in earaches, ringing in the ears, or temporary hearing loss.

Ear Wax Impaction Temporary Hearing Loss

Ear wax impaction is a major cause of temporary hearing loss. Most sound waves can not get in when wax fills the ears and this limits the ability to hear. Sometimes, the loss of hearing due to ear wax impaction comes on gradually. Other times, the onset is sudden. Not all hearing loss is caused by ear wax and then only a visit to a hearing specialist can determine the cause of hearing loss.

The ear, especially the canal and eardrum, is very sensitive. Earwax buildup can cause damage to these structures over time. This can affect your hearing. Getting rid of excess earwax with ear irrigation is a safe way to minimize the risk of damage to the ear. Sometimes foreign materials like food, insects, or small stones can get into the ear. When such mishaps happen the aim is to safely and quickly remove the items before they move deeper into the ear. That can do damage to the delicate canal. Ear irrigation can be effective in removing foreign materials from the ear. Ear lavage, also known as ear irrigation, is a method of cleaning wax out of ears.

Prior to performing an irrigation your doctor will want to look inside your ear to ensure that your symptoms are the result of excess wax buildup or foreign materials. This will also rule out other serious conditions. Excess earwax may be diagnosed by your doctor by inserting an instrument called an otoscope into the opening of your ear. Otoscopes will shine a light into your ear and also magnify the image within.

Wax Buildup

If wax buildup is the issue, your doctor will perform the irrigation in their office using a syringe-like tool. That tool inserts water or a water and saline mixture into the ear to flush out the wax and therefore clear out your build-up. At this time it is possible you may feel some minor discomfort from the water in your ear or perhaps from holding your ear in place.

When your ear irrigation is complete, your doctor will help you clean up and dry your ear. You might feel slight discomfort or sensitivity in your ears, which is completely normal. Some people become vulnerable to ear infections after their ear irrigation since all of the protective earwax is also removed. Your doctor may give you certain ear ointments to use for a few days to help with the sensitivity and discomfort.