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How Do I Get Rid of My Ear Discomfort and Hear Better?

Have you ever felt the need to clean your ears with earbuds from the discomfort of ear wax accumulating inside your ear canal, or wonder where ear wax even comes from?
How do I get rid of this ear discomfort and hear better?
Look no further as we seek to clarify some of the doubts you face and possibly help you hear better.

What Exactly is Earwax?

It is an accumulation of dead skin from the ear canal, dirt and cerumen produced in the ear. Its purpose is to act as a protective barrier for the ear. Ordinarily, your ear should be capable of ‘self-cleansing’ by clearing the ear wax out of the ear canal.
However, problems arise when symptoms appear. Symptoms such as earache and discomfort, blocked ears, ringing sounds in the ear, difficulty in hearing in a noisier environment, ear discharge or even children not doing well in school because of hearing difficulties
 

What Can I Do About It ?

Sometimes because of many reasons, ‘ self-cleansing’ of the ear wax by the body isn’t effective due to the digging of the ears which pushes the ear wax further in, narrow ear canals or even previous ear surgery which affects the ear canal and ear wax that thicker and stickier

At home, people have tried using QTIPs to pick at the wax or even cotton buds. While this is successful sometimes, it is difficult to remove the chronic or thicker ear wax through this approach. It can also cause external ear infections when this QTIPs scratch the ear canals to cause an abrasion, and worse still if not careful it can cause a eardrum perforation (hole)!
Fret not, if in doubt, there are solutions such as ear toilet by your doctors. This is the removal of ear wax and relieving of patient’s discomfort. There are different methods of removal. By instrumentation under direct visualization to avoid damage to the surrounding ear canal and eardrum and lastly microsuction of ear wax which might be considered as one of the safer options.

Instrumentation and Microsuction (Ear Toliet)

While microsuction and instrumentation carry some inherent risks, this is a safe earwax removal procedures when used with direct visualization by your doctor.
This enables your doctor to clean the ear canal with greater precision and reduce patient discomfort whilst concurrently inspecting the ear canal and tympanic membrane (eardrum) in detail. As an ancillary benefit, this method allows 2-handed working which further minimizes the risks of human error.

Due to the increased precision and stability, microsuction is often used in situations where ear irrigation is inappropriate or for patients with a deficiency in the eardrum (eg hole in the ear) or having previous ear surgeries.
The alternative to this is ear syringing with water pushed into the ear, however, should not be done for any patients with an active ear infection or discharge, a previous hole in the eardrum, any surgery recently in the ears.

Who will benefit from the procedure?

  • Patients with ear infection will benefit as ear irrigation will not be safe in this group of patients;
  • Patient with build- up of ear wax causing symptoms;
  • Patient with anatomical variations of the ear canal;
  • Patient wearing hearing aids; and
  • Children who able to understand instructions and willing to cooperate.

 

What should be done before the procedure?

  • Instillation of Cerumwax softening agents (like olive oil) should be recommended.
  • Instillation of drops approximately 3 times a day 2-3 drops and to remain on the same side approx. 3– 5 mins after

 

What should be done after the procedure?

It is advised that a formal hearing evaluation is conducted after the wax removal procedure to ensure good hearing has been restored, especially in situations where a patient had suffered a loss of hearing before the procedure.
 

How long does the procedure take?

This clinic procedure usually takes between 15-20 minutes.

What else can this be done for?

  • Apart from wax, this can be used for removing foreign body.
  • Ear infection will also benefit from this form of ear toilet.
  • It enables the insertion of a soft medicated sponge for patients with severe ear infection.


We provide Earwax removal with Painless Microsuction at our Raffles Place Clinic. You can walk-in to our clinic at Raffles Place, or call us at +(65) 6962 7144 or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com for an appointment.

Speak to one of our friendly doctors today if you would like to address your blocked ear discomfort symptoms! – ear wax removal singapore
Take Care!


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5 Objects Found In Ear Where It Should Not Belong!

#1 Impacted Earwax

The production of ear wax can be excessive in some people. This can happen when water gets trapped in the ear, or when the ear is injured or occurs for no particularly obvious reason.

#2 Small insects

A myriad of insects may reside temporarily in the external auditory canal.  Amongst all, small cockroaches are most commonly found in the ear canal as they prefer the warm, dark environment. A crawling and moving insect can be uncomfortable and may risk injuring the inner ear and the eardrum. Mineral oil is used to kill the insects before one attempting to remove it.

#3 Cotton bud

It is a common routine for some to attempt cleaning their ears using cotton buds. This can actually push the wax deeper into the ear instead of getting it out. As a consequence, leading to ear wax impaction, resulting to discomfort and decreased in hearing ability. Also, repetitive friction may cause skin tear in the ear causing bacteria to set in. This might result in an ear infection.

#4 Beads and plastic toys

This occurs in toddlers and children who place items in their ears out of curiosity.

via GIPHY

#5 Button Batteries

Button batteries can be found in toy or hearing aids. They can cause destruction to the ear canal because of electrical currents and pressure exerted by the battery in the small ear canal. There have been reports of injury to the eardrum and skin of the ear canal.

via GIPHY

Looking after your ears (Water Precaution)

It is imperative to keep water out of the ears and keeping them dry.  Water can be a vehicle for germs and bacteria growth when present in the ear canal. Interestingly, the worst water is bath water; even soap or shampoo water can potentially carry a large number of germs.
It is advisable for the below products when swimming or washing head and hair:

  • Cotton wool plug covered in Vaseline
  • Earplugs during swimming
  • Shower cap

via GIPHY
 

Tips for good ear care and prevention of ear infection

  • Keep the ears dry especially bathing or swimming.
  • Earplugs at all time during swimming. Earplugs need to be regularly cleaned and changed.
  • Keep ears dry after swimming
  • Dry the ears using a dry towel.
  • Avoid using cotton buds or sticking metal ear pick into your ears.
  • Regular cleaning and nightly removal of hearing aid
  • Clean the ears regularly by a doctor if you have excessive earwax

Who should be more concerned?
Preventive interventions should be considered in people with a recurrent ear infection or patients with a skin condition involving the ear.

Have You Heard of Ear Toliet?

Ear Toliet Procedure is using Instrumentation and Microsuction to Remove Ear Wax

While microsuction and instrumentation carries some inherent risks, this is one of the safest wax clearing procedure when used with direct visualization by the medical practitioner.
This enables the medical practitioner to clean the ear canal with greater precision and reduced patient discomfort whilst concurrently enabling the medical practitioner to inspect the ear canal and tympanic membrane are in detail.
As an ancillary benefit, this method allows 2-handed working which further minimizes the risks of human error.
Due to the increased precision and stability, microsuction is often used in situations where ear irrigation is inappropriate or for patients with a deficiency in the ear drum (eg hole in the ear) or having previous ear surgeries.

  • Patients with an ear infection will benefit as ear irrigation will not be safe in this group of patients
  • Patient with build- up of ear wax causing symptoms
  • Patient with anatomical variations of the ear canal
  • Patient wearing hearing aids
  • Children who able to understand instructions and willing to cooperate

The Ear Toliet (Ear Wax Removal) Procedure is only available in our Dr Tan & Partners @Raffles Place in Singapore.
If you are interested in this service and wish to find out more, please call +65 6962 7144 or visit our clinic at our Raffles Place Branch or drop us an email at hello@dtapclinic.com