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Spotlight on Ear Wax- Part III

Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:59:23 PM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on Ear Wax- Part IIIWho knew that there was so much ground that you could cover about ear wax? For as small and insignificant as it may seem to some, ear wax can be the catalyst for many of the most common hearing impairments that Hearlink treats our customers and patients for. This tends to be the case with many medical afflictions—for if something simple isn’t treated quickly and effectively, it can easily snowball into a much bigger problem. Luckily (and yes, we know that we’re a bit of a broken record), Hearlink loves to arm our customers and patients with the knowledge and know-how to identify such conditions early and often. We educate you on what symptoms to look for, easy remedies to follow, and when it makes the most send to reach out to a professional.

 

Slight recap if you’re checking in to this series for the first time. Earwax is produced by the glands that are found in your ear canal. While experts haven’t specifically identified why we have ear wax, they do know that one of its benefits is that it traps particles like dust that should not be entering your ear, as they can cause your ear serious damage. You may be thinking… I rarely notice ear wax, and I certainly have never had any issues related to hearing that I could blame on it. That’s because normally, ear wax will dry up easily and then fall out of your ear. When it does that, the dust or debris falls out as well, rendering it a non-issue. If you find issue with ear wax, is probably genetically related. This is because if your ear canal is smaller or it is shaped in a more unique way, then it’s slightly harder for ear wax to naturally exit your ear canal.

 

As noted in our last post, it can seem like an easy solution to seek out your box of Q-tips, insert one into your ear and clean out your ear wax, that way. This is a number one no-no as far as Hearlink is concerned. When you clean your ears this way, you’re removing superficial earwax, or the earwax that’s most accessible from the outside of the ear canal, but you’re actually pushing the rest of the ear wax even deeper into the ear canal, which creates an even bigger problem!

 

So today, we focus on the symptoms that are red flags. These symptoms mean that it’s time to put in a call to Hearlink or to your local audiology expert. Symptoms include- pain in one or both of your ears, dizziness, issues hearing conversations (especially with those in close proximity), ringing in your ears (this may seem like tinnitus but might actually not be) or itching in your ears. None of these are anything to get upset over. Rather, you should be proud that you were able to pinpoint something not quite right with your health, and you should be even more proud that you know exactly who to reach out to.

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