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Impacted Earwax Specialist In Singapore

It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of impacted earwax.

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Common Symptoms of Impacted Earwax

  • Partial hearing loss
  • Ear pain
  • Sense of ear fullness
  • Itching in the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Discharge or odour coming from the ear
  • Cough

What Is Impacted Earwax?

Impacted earwax is a buildup of earwax which accumulates in the ear and becomes too hard to wash away naturally. Earwax is an oily, yellowish substance that lines the insides of the ear canals and helps to clean and protect the ear from dust and foreign particles.

Typically, the ear canal is self-cleaning and naturally removes earwax. However, sometimes this self-cleaning mechanism may be disrupted, leading to a buildup of earwax. This leads to complications such as obstruction of the ear canal, impaired hearing and pain.

Complications of Impacted Earwax

  • Ear infection
  • Permanent hearing loss
  • Severe ear pain

Common Causes of Impacted Earwax

  • Structural deformities of the ear and ear canals
  • Bone blockage
  • Objects placed in the ear, such as cotton swabs and bobby pins
  • Narrowed ear canal due to hereditary causes, chronic inflammation or injury
  • Autoimmune diseases
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Diagnosis of Impacted Earwax

Your doctor can use a special lighted instrument with a magnifier called an otoscope to examine your ear canal to determine whether you have earwax blockage. A physical examination may also be performed to identify impacted earwax symptoms such as ear pain and ringing in the ears.

Upon receiving a diagnosis, we will guide you through the several treatment options we offer and propose a treatment plan specific to your condition.
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Treatment Options for Impacted Earwax

Generally, earwax does not need to be cleaned manually as the ear naturally removes them. However, if too much earwax builds up and starts to cause symptoms and discomfort, treatment may be necessary to remove them.

Some of the treatment options may include:

  • Softening earwax using over-the-counter drops and products containing mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide
  • Ear irrigation
  • Manual removal using special tools

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is impacted earwax serious? When should I visit a doctor?

    While earwax is a normal substance that helps protect the insides of the ear canal, too much earwax buildup may result in symptoms such as temporary hearing loss and ringing in the ears. An impacted earwax may also signal an underlying medical condition that requires proper treatment.

    You should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if they impede your daily functions to a great extent.

    What increases the risks of impacted earwax?
    • Age
    • Eczema
    • Regular use of cotton swabs or bobby pins to clean the ears
    • Frequent wearing of earphones and hearing aids
    How to prevent impacted earwax?
    • Avoid sticking anything into your ears to clean them
    • Go for regular ear cleaning annually