Audiologists have specialized training in ear care and can safely remove earwax blockage from the ear canal. Common earwax removal techniques that audiologists use include:
A curette is a small tool specially designed to enter the ear without causing damage. An audiologist will use a small imaging tool called an otoscope to survey the inside of the ear, and then use a curette to gently scrape excess earwax out of the ear canal. This prevents ear wax from being forced deeper into the ear canal, which can create complications such as infection and hearing loss.
An audiologist will use a medical solution to soften earwax buildup in the ear canal. Once earwax is loosened, the audiologist will gently irrigate the ear canal with water to drain any buildup in the ear.
Curette and irrigation removal are quick, painless procedures that can be done hygienically and safely at an audiology office. At-home removal is one of the biggest risk factors of blockage and ear infections. If you experience excess earwax that can't be cleared out of the ear with gentle washing, it is recommended that you speak to a doctor about treatment options. These procedures are common and very effective in preventing buildup.