Cerumen is a substance produced by glands in the ear canal. Cerumen helps to protect the ear from foreign bodies and ear infection.
Ear wax is the combination of cerumen and skin. It may build up forming wax plugs (impacted wax) and can cause symptoms such as:
- Mild to moderate temporary hearing impairment
- Itchiness/soreness or fullness in the ear
- It is also estimated that 60% of hearing aid faults are caused by ear wax
- For hearing aid users, feedback (whistling) may occur
A build-up of ear wax is harmless and easily treated. Some individuals are more prone to wax build-up than others. The main reasons for this include shape of the ear canals, over-production of cerumen and excess hair growth in ear canals.
Your clinical audiologist can confirm the presence of excessive ear wax by examining the ear canals using an otoscope.
Audico offer ear wax removal by micro-suction This procedure is the preferred method of wax removal as it doesn’t involve syringing water into the ear and therefore reduces complications such as ear infection.
A hearing loss can occur due to exposure to noise and it is important to wear the necessary protection in this regard.
There are different types of ear plugs/protection which we can provide at Audico.
Musician/Motorcyclist and Shooting Earplugs
The ER series are high fidelity earplugs available in three levels of noise reduction: 9dB, 15dB and 25dB. These are custom made, moulded to the exact shape and size of the ears to ensure a comfortable and secure fit and for this reason, the audiologist takes impressions of each ear.
Custom made swim moulds keep the ear canals dry and are suitable for clients prone to ear infections or with eardrum perforations or grommets. Again, as they are custom made, the audiologist take impressions of each ear.