Carson Hearing Care Teaches the Proper Way to Clean Your Ears

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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.

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While the procedure of cleaning your ears sounds simple enough, many people end up doing more harm than good, according to Carson Hearing Care, which has recently released an article titled The Right Way to Clean Your Ears. In particular, two popular 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.

Seeing as the ears are typically self-cleaning, and the ordinary movements of the jaw push earwax into the outer ear, cleaning out the ear canal is usually unnecessary. Normal bathing to clean the outer ear is all that is required, and under normal conditions Carson Hearing Care 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 into the eardrum leading to impaction and hearing loss.

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

In some situations, 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, Carson Hearing Care explains how to make this solution at home and the procedure for safely using it to remove earwax.

Carson Hearing Care is also warning against at-home ear cleaning in the presence of specific signs and 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.

Hearing specialists are specially qualified to safely and effectively clean the ears using more powerful medications and specialized instruments, if necessary. Having a professional to carry out the cleaning is safer and protects the sensitive structures of the middle ear. In addition, hearing aid users should check in every 6 months for professional hearing aid cleaning and examination of the ear.

About Carson Hearing Care

Carson Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice located in Fort Worth, Texas. 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.

Robin Carson, Au.D.
Carson Hearing Care

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Robin Carson, Au.D.