Cerumen (Earwax) Management

Cerumen,also known as ‘earwax,’ is a substance that is naturally produced by the glands in your ears and serves a few key functions:

  • Lubricates the ear canals
  • Keeps dust and debris out

In some cases, cerumen may begin to accumulate and cause a blockage. Some symptoms of blockages include:

  • Earache
  • Ringing in the ears (also known as tinnitus)
  • Hearing loss
  • Ear pressure

Do you think you have an Ear Wax Blockage?

We recommend you do not try to remove it on your own. Most people will try to use Q-tips to remove any blockages. However, the Q-tip can push the blockage farther down the canal causing more serious problems.

At Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia, we offer a safe an easy way to remove earwax – with the Earigator™. It has fully automated temperature and pressure controls, making the Earigator™ a safe and highly effective ear wax removal system.

There are also home earwax removal kits that are available at most drug stores. While these are generally safe, it is highly suggested that you speak with our office before trying anything at home. We have special tools and training in safely removing these types of blockages.

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact us today.