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Ear Cleaning Specialist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. -  - Otolaryngologist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.

Otolaryngologists & Audiologists located in Kittery, ME & Stratham, NH

Ear cleaning should be a simple part of your self-care routine, yet most people are confused about when they need to clean out earwax and how to do it. The team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. can answer your questions and perform ear cleanings that safely remove impacted earwax. They also treat problems that occur when people use the wrong ear cleaning tools and end up damaging their ears. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Kittery, Maine, or Stratham, New Hampshire, or use the online booking tool today.

Ear Cleaning Q & A

What do I need to know about ear cleaning?

There are two steps to take when it comes to cleaning your ears:

Clean the outer ear

The only part of your ear you need to regularly clean is the outer ear. Use a washcloth for this task because it won’t hurt the ear, and it’s too large to get inside the ear canal.

Gently deal with earwax

If your earwax builds up and affects your hearing or becomes itchy, you can try using earwax removal drops together with water to rinse it out of your ear.

Don’t use ear candles or hard objects, including cotton swabs and earwax removal tools such as stainless steel curettes, picks, and loops. These objects can easily damage your eardrum and push earwax deeper into the ear canal instead of cleaning it out.

Should I routinely do ear cleaning to eliminate earwax?

You don’t need to regularly clean out earwax because it fills the important job of maintaining healthy ears. Earwax cleans your ears by trapping bacteria and debris and carrying them out of the ear.

When you chew or talk, the movement slowly propels earwax through the ear canal and toward the ear’s opening. At the opening, earwax dries up and falls out, taking bacteria with it.

If an excessive amount of earwax builds up and gets impacted, you should get help from the team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC., so they can safely eliminate the excess wax.

What should I expect during ear cleaning?

Your provider at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. uses specialized tools for ear cleaning. They may begin by using a technique similar to home-based ear cleaning. They apply ear drops that break up the wax, then irrigate your ear to flush out the pieces.

If you have severely impacted earwax, your provider can safely remove the wax using gentle suction, small tools, and a microscope that gives them a magnified view of your ear canal.

Most people only need to schedule ear cleaning when earwax builds up. Hearing aids tend to make earwax accumulate, however. If you wear a hearing aid, you may need to have ear cleanings every 6-12 months to prevent impacted wax.

If you have questions about ear cleaning or need to schedule an appointment, call Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC., or use the online booking feature today.