Cerumen, more commonly known as earwax, is a combination of dead skin cells, oil from the sebaceous glands, and wax produced by the ceruminous glands. Depending on genetics, the color of your wax can range from pale yellow or light grey to dark brown or red. Typically earwax, which resides in the cartilaginous portion of the ear canal, moves out naturally due to jaw movement, and removal with cotton swaps or other objects is not recommended. Self-removal may actually cause more problems by pushing the wax deeper into the bony portion of the ear canal where it can no longer naturally move its way out.
If you feel that you have excessive wax build up, the team and Hearing Consultants has multiple methods for safely removing wax from your ear. Our Doctors of Audiology utilize the Earigator™ which utilizes a pressure and temperature-controlled stream of water to quickly remove wax. We also have access to curettes and micro alligator forceps to reach wax that does not require the Earigator™.