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Ear Clinic FAQ

Ear Wax is normal in healthy amounts and works as a self-cleaning agent with protective, lubricating, and antibacterial properties. If you don’t have enough of it, it may result in dry and itchy ears.

No, cotton buds can actually push the wax further into the ear canal, compacting it and risking your chances of rupturing your eardrum.

The most common causes of itchy ears are wax build up, fungal infection, allergy, dermatitis or wet ears. A consultation with the Coolangatta Ear Clinic will ensure that the right treatment is prescribed.

To avoid getting surfers or swimmers ear, plug your ears to protect them from water and wind. You can also use Aqua Ear to dry the ear canal after swimming.

This differs dramatically from person to person. Some patients need their ears cleaned every few months whilst others annually and some patients never require additional cleaning.

Wax can be lumpy, dry, flakey, soft or even sticky like honey. It also varies depending on race.

The short answer is no. Ear candles can not only lead to burns, but they may also block the ear passage and perforate the eardrum. Research also shows that it is ineffective in removing wax build up.

Anyone who is regularly exposed to loud noise should have an annual hearing test. You are encouraged to have a hearing test immediately if you notice a change in your hearing.

Pain can be caused by a number of issues that include wax accumulation, ear canal infection, eardrum infection or fluid in the middle ear. Pain in the ear is not normal and you should consult a doctor.