Ear wax removal
Ear wax is normal but too much can cause a range of issues including pain and hearing loss. Read more about what the Coolangatta Ear Clinic’s latest technology can do for you.
Treatment is conducted by ENT trained GPs who ensure:
- that they have a clear understanding of the your relevant medical history
- that they determine whether both ears require treatment, or just one ear
- the condition of your ear canals are suitable for treatment
- that your ear is free from foreign objects
- that they inspect the condition of the tympanic membrane
- that you are not handed over to an unqualified person to perform wax removal
- that your ear wax is removed in a safe manner, not by potentially dangerous syringing
- that where appropriate, you are referred to an ENT specialist or Audiologist
Note If it is simply routine wax removal you require, the Medicare Ear Toilet rebate will not apply.
What is wax accumulation?
Ear wax (cerumen) production is a normal everyday process. Ear wax is normal in healthy amounts and works as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. Having some wax is important as its purpose is to trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from reaching and potentially damaging the eardrum. If you don’t have enough of it, it may result in dry and itchy ears.
The amount of wax produced differs from person to person. While some patients need their ears cleaned every few months, others might be yearly or never require cleaning.
Ear wax build up is one of the most common ear related issues and is due to the ears self-cleaning mechanism not functioning correctly or the ear is making too much wax or that the wax is too sticky to move itself.
A common cause of wax blockage is due to attempts at ‘home’ wax removal using cotton buds or other items which can push the wax deeper and cause blockages.Request an appointment call: 1300 405 286