Ears are self-cleaning, but you might find that at a certain point there is an issue with your ears that need resolving. This is typically due to a build-up of wax in your ear. When your ears are operating as they should, this wax is pushed out naturally. You will often find that it drips onto your pillow while you are sleeping or that it even washes away in the shower. It is even possible to remove the dripped out wax with a damp cloth and ensure that your outer ear remains clean. You can also speak to an audiologist about getting a professional ear cleaning. Here are some of the signs that this is indeed necessary.

Struggling to hear

When you have issues with a buildup of earwax, it can impact your ability to hear. This is due to the fact that the ear wax becomes impacted and hardens in the ear canal. It causes a complete blockage that does not allow sound to get through at all. Or, may even cause other hearing issues such as echoing and even tinnitus. An audiologist can resolve this issue often by using a warm liquid to soften the ear wax. This will quickly correct the problem and allow you to hear effectively. Indeed, the results of a thorough ear cleaning can often be instantaneous.

Be aware that if you are struggling to hear, it may not be due to a buildup of earwax at all. There are many causes of hearing issues other than this. Some of the examples include permanent hearing loss or even a growth in your ear. An audiologist will be able to examine your ear and determine whether you need a professional ear cleaning or not.

Trouble with tinnitus

Tinnitus can be another issue that is caused by a buildup of earwax in your ear. When earwax builds up, it can impact the hairs in your coclear that allow you to hear. These hairs vibrate to turn sound into electrical signals that can be picked up by your brain. When there is a buildup of earwax, they are unable to do this as effectively and may continue to vibrate even when there is no sound present to hear.  This will cause you to hear a sound that is not actually there. This can take many forms from buzzing, blurring to small pieces of audio such as music. No one else will be able to hear these noises, but they will sound very real to you. Cleaning out this earwax will often immediately correct the issue and provide the relief that you have been hoping for.

Ear pain and irritation

Lastly, you might find that an issue with wax in your ears leads to sensory problems. You may find that your ears feel painful or even simply itchy. You won’t be able to resolve the situation yourself and trying to do so could actually lead to you damaging your inner ear.

We hope you find this information useful when deciding whether you need a professional ear cleaning by an audiologist.