Month: January 2014

Hearing Aids and Earwax

Hearing aids aren’t very fun at the best of times. When they constantly stop up with earwax they can be downright maddening! Take heart, this is a universal frustration and, for the most part, can’t be helped. Your ear produces wax as both a skin conditioner and as a defensive mechanism to prevent the intrusion (or expedite the removal) of 

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Earwax – What’s the Obsession?

Earwax (or, more properly, cerumen) is really cool stuff! It is a bug repellent, dust catcher and skin conditioner; it also has both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. A little earwax is a good thing! Most people don’t like the wet feeling they have after a shower and will use a cotton swab to dry out the canal. An effective solution 

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Put down the cotton swabs! And bobby-pins and pen tops …

A patient came in last week with tremendous pain in his right ear. He was cleaning his ears with a cotton swab and succeeded only in firmly packing the earwax further in his ear. In an effort to remove the wax, he used an over-the-counter wax softener that made the impacted wax swell and put additional pressure in his eardrum. 

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