Blocked ears caused by excess ear wax is a condition that affects 1 in 10 children and 1 in 20 adults. The most common symptoms of a blocked ear are a loss of hearing and a feeling of a full ear.
Ears are naturally self-cleaning, which means they usually remove wax themselves. In fact, earwax is carried out of the ear via a migrating skin layer, assisted by jaw movement. However for a range of reasons, this mechanism can become disrupted, and earwax can build-up and block the ear canal.
If you suffer from ears blocked with wax, some additional symptoms you may also experience include:
- Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)
How to Treat a Blocked Ear
There are multiple home remedies that are commonly used to attempt to remove wax, but some are safer than others. Ear wax softening drops from the chemist are a good first line treatment, as they may assist to break the wax down which can create a gap in the wax thereby improving symptoms and assist removal. This is ONLY an option if the eardrum has not been perforated. It is a good idea to seek advice from a clinician if you are unsure whether your eardrum is intact.
A Safe and Effective Method to Unblock an Ear
The Earworx method, in which a qualified registered nurse uses micro-suction and curettage techniques to safely and effectively remove the impacted earwax is a safe an effective way to unblock an ear
The procedure is carried out with gentle suction, and your ear canal will be under direct observation thanks to the use of ‘loupes’, which are binocular magnified glasses fitted with a bright light.
The procedure runs as follows:
- The first step involves a series of questions about your ear health history, as well as a discussion about the symptoms you have been experiencing.
- Next, a speculum will be inserted gently into the ear canal so the registered nurse can assess the blockage and the severity of the impaction with the use of loupes. If the nurse makes an assessment that wax removal is clinically indicated, the procedure will be explained and you will have an opportunity to ask any questions
- A combination of fine instruments like curettes and forceps, as well as micro-suction, will then be used to safely and gently remove the blockage, providing you with instant relief from your symptoms
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