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While you may think of earwax as an annoying inconvenience, it actually serves several important purposes in preserving the integrity of your ears. Made up of natural oils, dust, and skin tissue, earwax (also called cerumen) helps to trap unwanted debris and microorganisms and can also hydrate the ears. By keeping the ear canals moist, earwax can help avoid discomfort and ear pain.

Over time, earwax can build up and become impacted within the ear canal, causing pain as well as other symptoms such as tinnitus or headaches. Sometimes in an attempt to rid the ears of earwax, the patient may use a Q-tip or cotton wand, which only pushes the earwax further into the ear canal. In these cases, it's important to pursue medical intervention.

What are the symptoms of impacted earwax?

  • Pain and discomfort in the ears
  • Itchiness
  • Tinnitus
  • A full feeling in the ears
  • Muffled hearing or hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Coughing

How does Dr. Zadeh remove earwax?

Dr. Zadeh uses an otoscope to closely examine the ear canals and tympanic membranes for obstructions. Ear drops are applied, which may help to break up the earwax. If the earwax buildup is minimal, the doctor can use a metal loop tool to gently extract the substance. If there is a significant buildup, the doctor may utilize a mixture of hydrogen peroxide along with a vacuuming device to suction out the excess fluid.

Earwax removal is typically painless and can be performed very quickly in a matter of minutes. If there is a significant amount of buildup, the client may experience some minor discomfort, but this is usually followed by a lot of relief once the pressure has been ameliorated.

What are the benefits of earwax removal?

  • Improved hearing
  • Improved comfort
  • Decreased pressure
  • A feeling of relief
  • Improved quality of life
  • Short treatment time

Who is a good candidate for earwax removal?

If you are concerned about a buildup of earwax in the ear canals that may be causing hearing loss, pressure, or discomfort, contact Dr. Zadeh today to set up a confidential consultation. The doctor can diagnose your problem by performing a personalized evaluation of your symptoms and a physical exam.

What can I expect after my treatment?

After your treatment, you should experience a marked reduction in pain, tinnitus, pressure, and dizziness. Many clients are surprised by how much relief is possible when built-up earwax is removed from the ear canals. You will be able to return home right away and enjoy the rest of your day feeling your burden of ear pressure has been lifted.

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