Earwax, also called cerumen, serves an essential function in the body. It helps to remove dead skin cells, dirt, hair, and other debris from the ear canal. Earwax lowers the risk of infection and prevents the ear canal from feeling uncomfortable and itchy
However, it is possible for the body to overproduce earwax, allowing it to build up and block the ear canal. Cleaning ears using a cotton swab or other tools, can often cause a temporary hearing loss.
Our Audiologists can usually remove the earwax during an office visit. Occasionally, we do need to refer you to our partners at Fairfax ENT, (located on the 3rd floor) for more stubborn earwax removal.