What is Ear Wax and why do we have it?
Ear wax, medically referred to as cerumen, is produced by glands in the ear canal. Its purpose is to trap dust, debris and other small particles and prevent them from reaching and potentially damaging the ear drum. In most cases, the wax dries up and falls out of the ear along with any trapped dust or debris without our awareness.
The amount of ear wax produced by the ear varies from person to person. A blockage or impaction of earwax occurs when the wax gets pushed deep within the ear canal.
Trapped ear wax can have a negative impact on your hearing. O’Grady’s are here to help assess for, and manage, ear wax build-up. Read below about some of the ways we safely and effectively remove ear wax.
In our head office in Blanchardstown, we provide safe and effective ear wax removal using the Endoscopic Microsuction. With microsuction, an endoscope is used to see into the ear, and a medical suction device is used to suck out the wax. Microsuction is accepted across the medical profession as the safest and most comfortable method of earwax removal. With no liquids being used there is no fuss or mess during the procedure. The fact that the ear canal is being observed throughout the process, makes it an exceptionally safe procedure. It is also a comfortable process and it is usually undertaken in a few minutes.
Using the Propulse Ear Irrigation System, your Audiologist at O’Grady’s can help you to remove excess earwax with ear irrigation. This procedure involves using warm water to flush the wax from the ears. This safe method helps to minimise the risk of damage to the ear.
Ear irrigation is not suitable if you have an active ear infection or if you have damage or perforation to the ear drum.
Speak to O’Grady’s today to see if ear irrigation is the solution to your wax build-up!