Did you know that one of our regular routines can actually do more harm than good? What routine are we talking about? Cleaning out our ears. Most people use q-tips or cotton swabs to clean out their ears on the regular. But the truth is, this could be doing more harm than it does good. Yes, ear wax removal Colorado Springs is a good idea – but only when done by a professional. Regular at home cleanings are not always safe. To learn why, let’s learn a little more about ear wax itself.
The professional term for earwax is “cerumen”. It is produced by glands within the skin that lie within the ear canal. And like mostly all body functions, earwax serves several important purposes. The skin within the ear canal is extremely delicate. Earwax helps to keep it moisturized. It also provides a waterproof barrier and helps to clear dust and debris that enter. In addition, earwax helps to prevent against infection. The yellow substance that we get when we clean our ears helps to support antibacterial enzymes, fatty acids, cholesterol, alcohol, and squalene, each of which contribute to the overall health of the ear canal.
So if earwax has so many amazing properties, does that mean I never have to clean my ears? No. Like we mentioned above, ear wax removal Colorado Springs is important, but you should not do it at home. While earwax serves many purposes, some people create too much of it. When this happens, the ear canal becomes clogged and stops functioning. Other people may produce earwax that is too dry, which also leads to the blocking of the ear canal. So what you need to do is find the right balance of cleaning your ears enough, but not too often.
What are the different methods of ear wax removal?
These are the most common method of ear wax removal. In fact, most of us use Q-Tips on a regular basis. But as mentioned previously, Q-Tips may be something you want to dispose of immediately. Why? Our eardrums are extremely delicate. Rupturing can occur with even the gentlest of pressure. And while most people think Q-Tips can’t reach this part of the ear, they absolutely can. And if too much pressure is used, ruptured eardrums can result in extreme pain. In severe cases it can also lead to conductive hearing loss. And once you’ve lost your hearing, the only way to get it back is with a hearing aid. So as tempting as they may be, throw your Q-Tips and cotton swabs away today!
Ear Irrigation is a popular procedure used to remove ear wax from the ears. In less common cases, it can also help to remove foreign objects from the ear (ie. food, insects, small rocks!). This is more commonly seen among young children. Wax irrigation is available in at-home kits, but it’s always recommended that you see a doctor when working on delicate areas like the ears.
How does it work? The doctor will start by inserting a small instrument into the opening of your ears. Known as an otoscope, this helps to magnify what the doctor is seeing. If the doctor diagnoses your issues as wax related, they will use a small syringe like tool to insert a water mixture into your ear. This will help to flush out the wax. It may cause a slight discomfort. Risks of such procedures include ear infections, perforated eardrums, and vertigo. In more serious cases, it can lead to deafness.
Another method of ear wax removal Colorado Springs is known as Microsuctioning. This process uses a medical grade vacuum pump to gently suck the wax out of the ear. To do this safely, professionals use a small microscope known as a Loupe. This allows them to better see into the ear to ensure that the suction is safely placed. This is one of the safest methods of earwax removal, but it does have its risks. Like any ear based procedure, there is always risk of trauma to the ear canal or drum. Having said that, this is extremely rare and is usually only caused by sudden movements.
Believe it or not, many people actually use a process of sticking a candle in their ear to remove ear wax. Many people swear by this procedure not only to remove wax, but also to reduce ringing in their ears. But does it work? Probably not. In fact, there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the process of ear candling.
What exactly is ear candling? Its a process by which a long, hollow, fabric cone soaked in wax is placed into the ear canal. It is then lit and sits to burn for up to 15 minutes. As the claims go, as the candles burn, they create a low suction that pulls wax and debris from your ears. Others also believe that the heat from the candle softens the wax within the ears, allowing it to escape over the days following.
But the truth? Ear candling is not an effective method of ear wax removal Colorado Springs. Ear wax itself is extremely sticky. Removing it requires very strong suction, and the weak suction of a candle would not be nearly strong enough to pull it out. In fact, studies have actually shown that candles provide absolutely no suction force at all. In addition, candle temperatures were lower than body temperature. That’s much too low to melt wax. What a waste of time- you’d be far better off sticking with an expert.
In conclusion, there are safe ways to remove ear wax, but not without a professional. Throw away your Q-Tips and never even consider the idea of ear candling. If you are experiencing signs of earwax buildup (earaches, ringing of the ears, decreased hearing, dizziness, etc), give King Sandia a call today about safe methods of ear wax removal Colorado Springs!