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For most people, ears might never need to be cleaned, but when certain hearing issues are occurring, removal of ear wax (cerumen) in San Diego can resolve them. An earwax blockage, or cerumen impaction, can cause hearing loss, fullness in your ears, discomfort, or dizziness. If you are experiencing the signs and symptoms of cerumen impaction, the cerumen can be removed safely by an ENT doctor in our San Diego office.
What Is Ear Wax Removal?
Some people produce a lot of ear wax, increasing their risk of blockage. Others get more earwax by wearing hearing aids or earplugs and going swimming. You will know there is a blockage and the need for ear wax removal if you experience symptoms like earaches, ear infections, itchiness, tinnitus, ears feeling full, vertigo, and a cough.
Ear wax removal should only be done by professionals. An ENT doctor can check your ears and see if your symptoms are due to ear wax buildup rather than a more serious medical issue.
Am I a Good Candidate for Ear Wax Removal?
Anyone experiencing pain, hearing loss, ringing, dizziness, pressure, dark ear wax, or a feeling of fullness in the ears may be a suitable candidate for ear wax removal.
Depending on the process selected for ear wax removal, some people might not be ideal candidates. For instance, irrigation is not recommended for people who have had ear surgery before or who have eardrum perforations or an active ear infection.
Your Ear Wax Removal Consultation
The consultation consists of our ENT doctors evaluating your symptoms and physically examining your ears. They will decide if you are a suitable candidate for professional ear wax removal and then provide a treatment plan.
There are many ways to remove ear wax. An impaction might warrant the use of ear drops to soften the wax. Drops will be placed in the affected ear, so you must lie down and let the solution drip into that ear. Once softened, the ENT specialist can remove the wax using special instruments.
After Ear Wax Removal
Once the ear wax is removed, don’t do anything to encourage ear blockage in the future. Do not use cotton-tipped swabs or other objects except for cleaning the outside of your ear. If you want to have your wax removed, it is best to get professional help.
How Much Does Ear Wax Removal Cost?
At the ENT Associates of San Diego, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with fully customized procedures that are designed with their unique needs in mind. During your consultation, we will perform an assessment of your ears to develop a treatment plan and discuss the associated price.
Contact Our Office
If you’re interested in learning more about removal of ear wax in San Diego, contact the ENT Associates of San Diego to schedule your consultation. We proudly provide ENT services to patients in San Diego, Chula Vista, and La Mesa. We will help develop a treatment plan to address your needs.