The Complete Guide to Earwax, What You Need to Know About Your Ears
Abiilty Hearing provides professional earwax removal in Kingston, Rosny Park, Glenorchy, Launceston & Burnie, Tasmania

What is earwax and why do people have it?

Earwax is a natural substance that is produced by the glands in the ear canal. It helps protect the skin of the eardrum from bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms.

Earwax can become a problem when it accumulates in the ear canal and becomes impacted. This can cause hearing loss and infection of the ear canal.

People have earwax because it is a natural lubricant for their eardrums.

Earwax can become a problem when it accumulates in the ear canal and becomes impacted. This can cause hearing loss and infection of the ear canal.

How does Ear wax get in our ears?

The ear canal is a narrow tube that leads to the ear drum. The eardrum separates the external ear from the middle ear. The outer part of the ear canal is lined with skin, hair, and ceruminous glands that produce wax.

Earwax has many functions in our body. One of them is to protect our ears from bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause infections. Earwax also plays a role in removing dead skin cells from the surface of our ears and acts as a lubricant in the canal. It also prevents dust, dirt, and other particles from entering into our ears by acting as a sealant on the skin surface of our ears.

Ear wax protects our ears from bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause infections.

Using cotton buds can push earwax further down into the canal causing impacted earwax against the eardrum

What’s the function of ear wax?

Ear wax is a natural substance that is made by the body to clean and protect the ear canal.

Ear wax is a natural substance that is made by the body to clean and protect the ear canal. It also helps to keep dirt, dust, and other particles from entering the ear.

What are the dangers of not removing it from your ears?

Earwax is produced by the glands in the ear canal. It is a natural substance that protects and lubricates the skin of the ear canal.

Normally, earwax gently migrates out of the ear canal over time. Our ears don’t normally require cleaning aside from a gentle wipe at the canal opening. You may have heard the saying, “Don’t put anything smaller than your elbow in your ears!”

Despite this, certain factors can mean that earwax can become impacted and needs professional cleaning. Dry, flaky skin in our ears can disrupt the normal process of earwax migration and cause wax blockages. As we get older, our ear canals often shrink as a result of lost elasticity. This means ear blockages can be more common as we age.

If you are someone who wears earplugs or hearing aids, you may also find that earwax accumulates deep inside the canal making it difficult for it to work its way out, on its own.

Impacted earwax can push against the eardrum causing temporary hearing loss, tinnitus, discomfort and even pain. Dry wax can cause irritating itchiness in the ears. In these case, earwax micro-suction is a quick and easy process to remedy the problem.

Ability Hearing and Balance is an independent, Tasmanian owned hearing clinic located across Tasmania. Our qualified audiologists provide effective ear wax removal by micro-suction. We recommend that you use ear drops such as waxsol or cerumol prior to your visit to make the process more comfortable. Contact us on 1300 EAR PRO (1300 327 776) to book in an appointment. We offer Penison and Concessions. Health fund rebates may apply. DVA Gold Card holders who are Tasmanian residents can access earwax micro-suction for free from our clinic.

Nick and Heidi Modrovich – Principal Audiologists & Owners of Ability Hearing and Balance
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