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Professional Cerumen (Earwax) Removal
For Hanover And South Weymouth

Stuffiness, a feeling of fullness, or muffled conversations are common hearing issues almost everyone experiences once in a while. The most common cause in these instances is an excessive buildup of cerumen, also called earwax.

Although earwax build-up can be harmless, it can also be a sign that something isn’t working as it should be within your ears.

That’s why this appointment consists of both a comprehensive hearing assessment to check your overall hearing health and earwax removal, when possible. There may be contraindications that will make it unsafe for us to remove the wax in our office.

The appointment will typically last around 60 minutes and, while the hearing test will be covered by your insurance, the wax removal is not. This portion of the appointment requires an out-of-pocket fee of $75.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 781-337-6860.

What Is Earwax?

Earwax is a natural substance your body produces to trap unwelcome dirt and debris. It has protective properties, which prevent bacteria from reaching the inner ear and prevents the growth of various types of bacteria and fungi capable of producing ear infections.

In most cases, earwax should be celebrated and appreciated!

However, when you have an over-accumulation of earwax or earwax that has become impacted, then you also might experience temporary hearing loss, a feeling of fullness in your ear, dizziness, headaches, balance issues, and ear pain.

Impacted earwax can be the result of a variety of problems, but among the most common is the use of cotton swabs to “clean” your ears. Cleaning your ears with cotton swabs leads to the earwax being pushed deeper into your ear canal, causing a buildup or blockage.

A South Shore Hearing Center audiologist performing earwax removal
Trusted ear wax removal near you in Hanover at South Shore Hearing Center

Busting the Myths About Earwax

MYTH #1 – “My body produces too much earwax!”
Fact: Though it does occur, this is rarely true. Your ears typically create the right amount of wax to keep your ears free of debris, but if you clean them too much, your body produces more to replace the shortage, which can also lead to a blockage.
MYTH #2 – “Cotton swabs are great for removing earwax.”
Fact: The use of cotton swabs in your ear canal is likely to cause more problems than it solves, and it can be dangerous. In addition to impacting and pressing earwax tighter, you run the risk of damaging or puncturing your eardrum if you become too aggressive. Use cotton swabs to clean the outer ear, but not the ear canal.

MYTH #3 – “Just follow the online tutorials to remove your own earwax.”
Fact: There are also tutorials online for cutting your hair, rewiring your house, or building homemade fireworks, but that doesn’t mean that they provide smart or safe advice. The long-term risks of removing your own earwax rather than consulting a professional are far greater than the small investment required to seek the help of a specialist.

MYTH #4 – “My ears will naturally clean/fix themselves.”
Fact: In normal circumstances, this is true, but once the buildup has become impacted, your ears will need some help, especially when they become sore or begin to itch, which are warning signs of an ear infection and the potential for ongoing damage to your ears.

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The production of earwax is your body’s way of keeping your ears clean naturally. However, when earwax becomes excessive or becomes impacted, it can cause pain and itching, muffled sounds, and lead to infection. Rather than magnifying the problem by trying to fix it yourself, seek the help of a professional.

If you or a loved one is struggling with earwax buildup, put the cotton swabs away and contact the earwax removal specialists at South Shore Hearing Centers.

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