Hearing aids identify sounds in the surrounding environment and convert them into a digital signal. The ear wax is our ears natural way of protecting themselves from dirt and dust, water, and foreign objects (even insects!). Ear wax is only produced in the outer third of the ear canal and for most people, their ears will clean themselves.
If your ears need a bit of help there are a few ear wax removal methods, however, the fastest, safest, and most gentle way in most cases is by microsuction performed by a trained audiologist, doctor, or nurse. Microsuction uses a tiny vacuum that sucks the wax gently from the ear canal. There is generally less risk of trauma to the ear, such as eardrum perforation, than other methods like syringing where water is flushed into the canal. Sometimes it is surprising to find out that ear wax is not the culprit of your symptoms after all.
At Eastern Audiology your audiologists can also provide a hearing test for further investigation if needed. We also work alongside Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Specialists at our Narre Warren, Richmond, and Bellerive clinics, which some patients may need to see for medical care of the ears if their symptoms are caused by something other than wax, such as infection or middle ear blockage.