Cerumen Impaction (Ear Wax)
Ear wax is made by the body to protect the ears. It has both lubricating and antibacterial properties. Most of the time, ear wax is moved through the ear canal by motions from chewing, other jaw movements, and as the skin of the ear canal grows from the inside out. Ear wax is impacted when it has built up in the ear canal. It can cause a feeling of the ear being plugged or even cause muffled hearing. As they are designed to clean themselves, your ears might never need cleaning. Impaction of ear wax often happens when people use items like cotton swabs or bobby pins to try to clean their ears. This pushes the ear wax farther into the ears and can also cause injury to the ear. Here at Cass Street E.N.T. we are able to relieve impacted cerumen using specialized tools to minimize any discomfort.