Clinique GO™ offers in-home ear cleaning services in Greater Montreal, including Laval, Longueuil, the South Shore, Lanaudière, and the North Shore. One of our nurses will be happy to help you in the comfort of your own home. With our in-home services, there’s no need to travel anywhere!
Cerumen, commonly known as “ear wax”, is the yellow, waxy secretion produced inside the ear. Its purpose is to protect the ear’s internal skeleton and lubricate the skin in the ear canal. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. However, if ear wax builds up, it can cause an uncomfortable blockage.
How do ear wax blockages form?
Other than the body naturally producing ear wax, wax blockages can be due to:
– The use of earplugs for sleeping, swimming, or work
– Using cotton swabs to clean your ears
– Wearing hearing devices
– The shape of the ear canal (too narrow)
– The presence of hair in the ears
– The introduction of a foreign body in the ear, such as excessive dust
– Aging (ear wax becomes dryer with age)
How can you prevent an ear wax blockage?
Our bodies all produce different quantities of ear wax, but there are ways to prevent blockages.
Pharmacies sell products that can help but you can also use mineral oils. All you need to do is apply a few drops in your ear canal every month.
How do you know if your ears need to be cleaned?
Generally, the symptoms of a wax blockage are uncomfortable, but reversible:
– You feel like your ear is blocked, or you feel pressure in your ear
– Your ear is irritated and itchy
– You hear buzzing
– There is slight pain in your ear
– You have lost part or all of your hearing
Do I need a prescription to get my ears cleaned?
Ear exam and Ear cleaning require no medical prescription.
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Ear cleaning steps
An ear cleaning treatment is simple: the nurse will insert a plastic syringe (with a round tip) full of lukewarm water into your ear canal to flush out the wax. They’ll repeat this several times until the wax is dislodged, alleviating you of your symptoms!
Because it changes the pressure in your ears, the treatment can make you a bit dizzy, which is normal. The dizziness will go away after a few moments.
After your blockage is removed, you should adopt a cleaning routine to prevent others from forming. And you should review your hygiene practices to keep your ears healthy in the long run. For instance, avoid inserting cotton swabs in your ear canals. For more information, consult a nurse or your physician