Posts for: September, 2018
While it might not seem like there is a purpose behind why your ear produces earwax, there most certainly is. Even though a lot of people try to clean out their ears on their own, it’s important to remember that ears are self-cleaning. This means that the earwax will typically just come out on its own. Of course, there are times when earwax can become impacted or blocked, which can temporarily cause muffled hearing and discomfort.
Why does impacted earwax happen? There are a few things that could be to blame but one of the most common causes is at-home ear cleanings. While it might seem rather unhygienic, you don’t need to clean your ears, and should never place a cotton swab into the ear canal as you risk damaging or injuring your ear. One look at the package of cotton swabs and you’ll see that it states that you should never place it in your ear. Plus, these swabs can end up just pushing earwax deeper into your ear, which can lead to pain and other problems.
If you have a narrow ear canal or if you are older you may be more prone to earwax impactions. If this is the case, you may want to visit an ENT doctor rather regularly for proper earwax removal. You may also find that you are prone to earwax buildup if you constantly place things in your ears, whether you often use headphones or a hearing aid.
Fortunately, an otolaryngologist will often treat earwax impaction through prescription-strength eardrops that will successfully breakup the wax. Of course, if this treatment doesn’t work then you may need to come in so that we can safely and effectively wash out your ears and dislodge the earwax completely.
Remember to never try to remove the earwax buildup yourself, as they could just end up causing more issues in the long run. While there are kits that you can use at home to help irrigate and clean out the ears, if you aren’t noticing a change in your symptoms after three days it’s a good idea to visit your otolaryngologist for care.
There are several techniques for removing wax, from irrigating the ear to using a painless suctioning device. The earwax treatment we recommend for you will depend on several factors such as health and structure of your ear.
If you are dealing with earwax impaction then it’s time you turned to an otolaryngologist who can safely remove the buildup.
Approximately 20 percent of Americans say that they struggle with hearing loss according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, and many others don't realize or accept it. Some patients hesitate to admit that they are having hearing problems because they are afraid of having to wear clunky hearing devices. If you find yourself continually asking people to repeat themselves, or you need to listen to television or music programs with the volume all the way up, you may benefit from a modern hearing aid. Learn more about the options available at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ.
Types of Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids are more discreet, effective and attractive to wear. These are some of the most common types that your Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, ENT doctor may recommend:
- Invisible or completely in the canal (hidden; an option if you're very self-conscious about the device showing).
- In the ear or in the canal (fits snugly inside of the ear and matches your skin tone).
- Behind the ear device (a tube is placed inside the ear canal with the casing device hidden behind the ear flap).
- Receiver in canal (a speaker device is placed inside the canal and is mostly hidden).
Benefits of Wearing a Hearing Aid
Wearing a hearing aid will increase your reaction time and your ability to communicate with others. If you've been avoiding social situations or outdoor exercise because of hearing problems, wearing the device will allow you to return to your normal activities. You can remove your hearing aid at night to ensure comfortable while sleeping. In many cases patients keep their the same device for up to seven years, so you won’t have to worry about getting a new one anytime soon. It is an important investment in your auditory health.
Schedule a Hearing Consultation
Before you and your Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, ENT can decide on the best hearing aid for you, you'll have to complete a hearing exam. The doctor will do a visual check of your ears and perform what is called an audiometry evaluation. The way that you respond to this test will determine which type of hearing aid will be best for your situation.
Hear Better, Live Better
When you don't feel like you can hear clearly, it affects your quality of life, but a solution is available at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ. Call (623) 975-1660 for Sun City West or (623) 972-2951 for Sun City today to schedule a consultation and find out if hearing aids will fit your needs and lifestyle.