Ear wax: How Much is Too Much?

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Jim Fulham

Jim Fulham

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr Jim Fulham, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist with Hidden Hearing, has been an audiologist for the past 30 years and is highly recognised as a conscientious and caring professional. Jim has been with Hidden Hearing since 2000 and took control of the Cavan Branch in 2013. This Branch is now recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Hearing Care in Ireland.

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Human Ear Prosthetic on White Background.Our bodies are wonderful things, and even the less savoury elements, such as ear wax, have a vital function to play in keeping us healthy and well. Ear wax, or cerumen, is made up of dead skin cells and hair, mixed with secretions from the glands of the ear canal. It’s our in-built cleaning system for the ears, protecting the delicate hearing organs and lubricating the ear canal.

In general life, we are advised not to interfere with the natural way in which ear wax is removed from the ears – easing out of the ears by itself, moved along by the movements of the jaw. However, on occasion, a build up of earwax that cannot clear naturally can cause problems, and you may need professional assistance if this happens to you.

When Should You Seek Help With Excess Ear wax Removal?

1.    Is it causing you pain? Are you experiencing pain or being told that you cannot be treated effectively for an existing condition because of excess earwax?

2.    Do you have tinnitus? Excess earwax can be a cause of tinnitus, or constant ringing in the ears, and the medical removal of the build up can greatly alleviate the discomfort caused by this condition.

3.    Is it affecting your hearing? Hearing problems are common and you should see an audiologist if you have concerns about hearing loss, but sometimes a sudden loss of hearing can be simply remedied by the removal of an earwax build up.

4.    Have you had a recent check up? It is a good idea to have regular hearing screenings, especially if you wear hearing aids or have experienced excess ear wax in the past. Hearing aids can be damaged or their function impaired by an ear wax build up.

Problems such as earwax build up, that can cause hearing difficulties, can be quickly diagnosed and treated by your audiologist, leaving you free to enjoy crystal clear hearing once more! We run a free ear wax removal clinic for anyone over the age of 55 (€50 if under 55), so call us
today or book an appointment online here.

You should not try to remove excess ear wax yourself, since you would risk pushing the wax deeper into the ear canal, damaging the ear canal or even perforating the ear drum.

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If you have any concerns about your hearing, you should book a free hearing screening with the experts at Hidden Hearing to explore the solutions available. Our audiologists will be happy to discuss any hearing problems you are experiencing, and we have a great range of digital hearing aids for you to try.
Hearing aid technology makes our digital hearing aids tiny, discreet and more effective than ever before. Don’t put off seeking help for a hearing problem, as hearing aids will be more effective the sooner you begin to use them. Contact Hidden Hearing online, or pop into your local branch to make an appointment today.

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Ear wax: How Much is Too Much?
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We run a free ear wax removal clinic for anyone over the age of 55 (€50 if under 55), so call us today or book an appointment online here.
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