Earwax is a self-cleaning agent that your body naturally produces. It collects dirt, bacteria, and other debris, and for the most part, that earwax works its way out of your body naturally, through chewing or other jaw motions. Most people don’t ever need to clean their ears, but sometimes wax can build up and affect your hearing—and that’s called impaction. The most important thing to note here is that cleaning with a cotton swab is not recommended, as that can push the wax further into the ear canal.
Ear candling is definitely to be avoided. Why? Simply put, there is no evidence that suggests ear candling is effective. The idea behind ear candling is that it creates a negative pressure vacuum that forces wax out of the ear canal. However, researchers who measured ear pressure during an ear candling session found that no negative air pressure is created. In fact, the negative pressure needed to pull wax from the canal would have to be so powerful that it would rupture the eardrum in the process. Learn more about ear candling and why it should be avoided by visiting this website.
Take care of yourself, and be gentle with your ears. As part of our hearing care services, Longmont Hearing offers several options for ear wax removal treatments—we’re here to help. If you are experiencing difficulty hearing, or your hearing aid performance is muffled, there’s a good chance that excess ear wax is at fault.
To book your ear wax removal, please call us at (303) 651-1178.