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How Does an Audiologist Perform Ear Cleaning?

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Earwax is normal and healthy for a functioning ear, but there are times when the wax production can get a bit out of hand and, as a result, might need cleaning. If you’ve read about ear cleaning online then you probably know that it’s a bad idea to try and do it on your own.

In fact, the best way to get your ears cleaned is to simply use a damp cloth and to wipe around the ear canal and not inside of your ear. Using cotton swabs, ear picks and other devices is usually frowned upon because it can do more damage than it cleans.

As a result, you may want to consider speaking to your audiologist in order to have your ears cleaned out properly. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at how audiologists actually perform ear cleaning.

At-home kit

Audiologists will typically handle the cleaning with their own machines and devices at their clinic, but there are some cases where, after examining your ear, your audiologist might decide to send you home with a kit instead of using their machines. This might be preferable if there’s no significant buildup of wax and it can also give you more control over when you clean your ears.

These kits may contain a variety of tools such as a syringe which can be used to irrigate your ear canal, or tools that can be used to scrape out loose bits of ear wax.

At the clinic

Audiologists have a variety of different ways to help you remove excess earwax. Before they pick a method, they’ll start by examining your ear to determine what sort of tools they’ll use. If there isn’t much wax and it’s mostly just flakes, they might use a small scoop tool called a curette. If there are larger clumps of wax, they may use a mineral solution that breaks up larger clumps of earwax so they can easily be scooped out.

However, there’s also a technique known as microsuction. This is essentially a very small tube that acts like a vacuum. It can loosen earwax so that it’s easily sucked into the tube, but it can also grab on to larger clumps of earwax so that they can be lifted out of the ear and removed in its entirety. This can create some rather nasty and large looking bundles of earwax, but it’s seen as a quick and safe way to remove earwax.

The technique that your audiologist uses will depend on your situation, but they may ask what technique you’d prefer. Microsuction is typically reserved for more serious cases of earwax buildup, but you may be able to ask your audiologist to use it for a deeper clean of your ears.

Speaking to an audiologist is generally the best way to remove excess ear wax and clean up any clogged masses of wax from your ear. The larger the buildup, the smarter it is to visit your audiologist instead of trying to clean it on your own.