Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL Teaches the Proper Way to Clean the Ears, Including Two Practices to Avoid

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Local audiology practice publishes an article on how people can clean their ears properly, the common practices that can be dangerous, and when to see a hearing specialist.

Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL

While the process of cleaning your ears sounds simple enough, many people end up doing more harm than good, according to Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL, which has recently released an article titled The Right Way to Clean Your Ears. Specifically, two common practices—the use of cotton swabs and the use of ear candles—can actually be harmful, with the potential to cause irritation, temporary hearing loss, and eardrum perforation.

Considering that the ears are typically self-cleaning, and the regular movements of the jaw push earwax into the outer ear, cleaning out the ear canal is often not needed. Normal bathing to clean the outer ear is all that is required, and under normal conditions Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL advises against the use of cotton swabs, ear candles, or the insertion of any foreign object in the ear canal, which will most likely only drive the earwax against the eardrum causing impaction and hearing loss.

Earwax also serves several useful purposes and contains protective, lubricating, and antibacterial characteristics. Over-cleaning of the ears can, therefore, cause dry, itchy, irritated skin within the ear canal.

In some scenarios, however, people will produce too much earwax or earwax will become impacted against the eardrum. If this happens, the best way to clean the ear is with a earwax softening solution. In the article, Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL details how to make this solution at home and the process for safely using it to remove earwax.

Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL is also warning against at-home ear cleaning in the presence of certain symptoms, including fever, dizziness, ear pain, or ear discharge. If there is a serious blockage or ear infection, trying to clean the ears at home can make the conditions worse.

Audiologists are specifically qualified to safely and thoroughly clean the ears using stronger medications and specialized instruments, if necessary. Having a professional to perform the cleaning is safer and protects the sensitive structures of the middle ear. Additionally, hearing aid users should check in every 6 months for professional hearing aid cleaning and assessment of the ear.

About Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL

Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL is a full-service audiology practice located in Bonita Springs, Florida. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and compassionate staff, the practice offers comprehensive services including hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations, custom hearing aid fittings, hearing aid cleanings, rehabilitative counseling, preventive care advice, and service and repair for most hearing aid models.

Dr. Darlene Ballew
Audiology & Hearing Care of SWFL

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