Nova Scotia’s Earwax Removal

Expert Earwax Removal From
Provincial Hearing

Are your ears a bit stuffy, muted, or aching? The problem could be impacted earwax. Our earwax removal experts are here to help.

Though earwax is nature’s way of cleaning your ears by attracting and capturing dirt, dust, and anything else trapped inside your ears, as well as preventing irritation and infection, it can build up and become impacted.

A buildup of earwax or impacted earwax can lead to dizziness, balance problems, headaches, ear pain, and sudden hearing loss. Unfortunately, the most common cause of impacted earwax stems from people using cotton swabs or some other object (we shudder to imagine) in order to clear out the earwax, making the problem worse by pushing it farther down your ear canal.

The safest, most effective, and fastest way to get rid of earwax is to have it removed by a hearing care specialist.

A female earwax removal expert performing ear cleaning

The Myths And Misconceptions Surrounding Earwax Removal

We’ve heard plenty of myths, misconceptions, and treatment suggestions for cleaning out earwax over the years, so we thought we’d expose some of them and provide the truth.

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Myth #1 – My Ears Just Make Too Much Earwax!

Most people’s ears make just the right amount of earwax. However, cleaning them too often signals the cells that make the earwax to step up and make more because your ear canal is too dry.

Myth #3 – I’ll Get My Tips From YouTube Videos

DIY tutorial videos are great for learning how to make certain crafts products, product reviews, etc., but the people who make them are rarely experts in hearing health or have any experience in hearing health care. What you learn from video tips may actually cause more harm than good.

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Myth #2 – Cotton Swabs Will Do The Trick

No they won’t, and they can be dangerous. When using a cotton swab, you’re apt to push earwax farther down the ear canal until it gets impacted. In addition to a higher risk of packing wax against the eardrum or piercing it, the cotton end can come off the stick and get stuck, requiring professional removal.

Myth #4 – My Ears Will Sort It Out Themselves

Ear pain, muted sound, and stuffiness are signs that something is wrong and suggest an intervention is required. A hearing care professional can provide safe and effective relief without doing any harm to your ears.

What Happens At An Earwax Removal Appointment?

At Provincial Hearing, our earwax removal specialists have been helping people with their earwax issues for many years. Our hearing instrument specialists are trained to perform this service, and we’re happy to say that we have been able to remove earwax in most cases without having to refer the person to someone else, which can be a long and expensive process.

If you schedule an earwax removal appointment with us, here’s what you can expect:

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#1 – We Welcome You To Our Office

Our waiting room has magazines and toys for our adult, child, and teenage patients to set their minds at ease and welcome you. Once one of our private rooms is available, we’ll walk you to it and make sure that you have everything you need to remain comfortable.

#3 – We Look Into Your Ears

We look into your ear canal with a professional video otoscope, allowing us to see what’s going on inside your ear canal, and you’ll be able to see what we see on a screen in front of you. This allows us to see what we’re up against and helps us develop a plan for targeted removal.

#5 – Your Ears Feel Good Again!

After all the wax has been removed, the stuffiness, muted sounds, and aching will be gone. (If that doesn’t fix the problem, we can do a comprehensive hearing assessment to see what’s going on.)

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#2 – We’ll Discuss What You’ve Been Experiencing With Your Ears

So that we can make sure that we’re meeting all of your hearing health needs, we’ll ask about your symptoms and about any hearing challenges you’ve had in the past.

#4 – We Clean Out All That Earwax

Most of the time, your ears just need an earwax extraction process, starting with flushing them out with warm water to soften the earwax, allowing it to fall out on its own. For more stubborn cases, we might use a curette to scoop out any earwax that doesn’t come out on its own, which might tickle a little bit.

How to get the best possible outcome from your ear wax removal appointment

To get the best possible outcome from your wax removal appointment, it’s important that you following some steps ahead of your appointment in preparation. Upon scheduling your appointment, you will be encouraged to use a special type of ear drops that will be recommended to you at the time of booking, which will be able to dissolve/soften your earwax.

Our providers are trained in wax removal using suction which we have found to be the most thorough and effective way.

This method is not recommended for the following patients:

  • History of perforated tympanic membrane
  • History of ear surgery I.e Mastoid Cavity
  • History of systemic diseases due to increased risk of infection

Please note: A physician referral is not required to book wax removal appointment

Before and After the Removal of Earwax

A Comparison of the ear canal before and after the earwax removal process

Schedule Your Earwax Removal Appointment

We’re here to make sure your hearing system is working as it should. So, if you have any questions or concerns about earwax removal for you or your child, or about anything else related to your hearing, contact us by filling out the adjacent form.

One of our specialists will help schedule your earwax removal appointment as soon as possible so you can get the relief you need.

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