What Is Earwax And Why Do We Have It?

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Yvonne Doyle

Yvonne Doyle

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Ms Yvonne Doyle, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist has been working with Hidden Hearing since 2011. Since joining Hidden Hearing, her Wexford Branch is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for hearing care in Ireland.

Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).

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Did you know that earwax plays an important role in your body? We all have it, and some people experience hearing loss as a result of an excess of it, but most people still don’t know what earwax actually is, and what function it performs.

Here at Hidden Hearing, we think ears are wonderful things, and we’re even enthusiastic about earwax! Pop in and talk to us about any concerns you may have about your ears, and let us help you to have the best hearing experience possible. Read on for some fascinating earwax facts.

All About Earwax

  • Earwax is a thick fluid known as cerumen, which carries waste debris, skin cells and sweat out of the ear canal. It may be yellow or brown, or even orange or grey on occasion, and some people produce much more than others.
  • Earwax is a natural cleaner, removing dirt and dust and maintaining a clean environment to lower the risk of infections inside your ears. Earwax also serves to moisturise the skin of the ear canal, protecting against dry, itchy ears.
  • Earwax can tell us about our heritage, with people of Asian descent having drier earwax than those with African or European ancestors.
  • Earwax moves through the outer ear canal to the outer ear and can be removed when you wash. You should never try to remove earwax from your ears in case it becomes impacted and causes a blockage. Cotton-buds, or q-tips, are likely to increase the risk of impaction, and this is also higher if you wear earplugs or hearing aids regularly.
  • At Hidden Hearing, we offer free earwax removal procedures to anyone over the age of 50, which may resolve temporary hearing loss caused by a blockage. Some tinnitus is also related to earwax blockages, and untreated blockages can lead to infection or damage to the eardrum so it is well worth visiting your audiologist as soon as you suspect there may be a problem.
  • An audiologist or medical professional will usually clean your ears with an irrigation procedure that gently and effectively removes wax. A bulb syringe may be used in some cases, and you may be advised to use ear drops in the future to prevent reoccurrence of the problem.

Book a Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing

Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. If you are concerned about your hearing, contact us as soon as possible to book a free hearing test with our audiologists.

We have an excellent range of hearing aids, including the latest digital models that are discreet and highly sensitive. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.

 

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Yvonne Doyle

About Yvonne Doyle

Ms Yvonne Doyle, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist has been working with Hidden Hearing since 2011. Since joining Hidden Hearing, her Wexford Branch is recognised as a Centre of Excellence for hearing care in Ireland. Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA). Find Out More About Yvonne

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