Ear wax plays an important role in your body because it helps to eliminate debris, keeps your ear canal from itching, and reduces the risk of infection. However, if earwax builds up, it can become hard and block your ear canal, causing an earache and slight hearing loss.
In this article, we will explain what causes the earwax in our ears to build up and how to safely remove it.
What Earwax Build Up and Blockage?
Some people are naturally prone to produce excessive earwax. However, excess wax doesn’t automatically lead to earwax blockage. Doctors say that the most common cause of earwax blockage is at-home earwax removal. Using cotton swabs, bobby pins, or other objects in your ear canal can push wax deeper, creating a blockage.
Earwax Build Up Symptoms
Signs of earwax buildup include:
- partial hearing loss
- tinnitus (buzzing or ringing) in the ear
- pressure in the ear
Risks Of Removing Ear Wax at Home
People frequently attempt to remove their own earwax at home. Common methods include ear wax removal drops, bobby pins, cotton swabs, or even paper clips to remove wax build-up. However, you risk damaging your ear drum and canal, and/or pushing earwax further into the ear canal which can cause a blockage.
If you need professional ear wax removal services, look no further than Hodgson Pharmacy in South London. We offer professional ear wax removal in Bexley, Kent, and each of our other convenient branches across London.
Professional Ear Wax Removal at Hodgson Pharmacy
As mentioned previously, your ear canal and eardrum are very delicate, which is why you shouldn’t risk damaging them by removing ear wax yourself. It is highly recommended to book an appointment with an experienced clinician at Hodgson Pharmacy for professional ear wax removal.
The most common ear wax removal methods include:
- Ear Syringing
- Ear Microsuction
- A curette
- A rubber ball syringe
- Ear wax removal drops
The treatments above are typically fast, pain-free, and will fully restore hearing loss caused by wax buildup.
Contact our Hodgson Pharmacy team to find out more about ear wax removal costs or to book an appointment for ear wax removal in Kent, Bexley, or at a more convenient Hodgson Pharmacy branch location.