Ear wax helps to kill bacteria and fungus in your ears, as well as keeping them from itching.
In a normal ear, wax is produced in the ear canal and slowly moves towards the entrance of the ear canal in a process called "epithelial migration". This process can slow down as we age, and wax can get stuck in the ear canal.
If you use hearing aids, the aids themselves can push wax back down the canal and cause it to build up.
Wax can also build up and become impacted if you use cotton buds… but you don't use cotton buds, right?
At Kapiti Hearing, we recommend wax removal via microsuction, performed by a Registered Nurse who has specialist training in ear wax removal. Ask your doctor to recommend an ear nurse who can do this, near you.
Our audiologists have also been trained by an Ear, Nose, and Throat surgeon (otorhinolaryngologist) on safe methods of removing wax that is near the entrance to your ear, using billeau ear loops and forceps, under powerful magnification and lighting.
If you are covered for your hearing by ACC, you should also enquire as to whether your Ear Nurse is ACC registered; they will be receiving funding from ACC and as such you should pay less for your suction.