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Ear Wax: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effectts

What is Ear Wax treatment? How Ear Wax treatment is done? Who is eligible for the treatment? Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the cost of Ear Wax Treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is Ear Wax treatment?

Ear Wax is an essential part of the hearing system. The term refers to a grey or yellowish substance that is waxy to the touch. This substance is present within the ear canal and is important because it not only helps with the lubrication within the ear but also because it helps keep bacteria, fungi, water, and insects at bay. Therefore, the substance itself is not a problem when it comes to your health. However, excess of ear wax can lead to problems, and this is when it needs to be treated.

Having large amounts of ear wax in the ear canal can cause problems with hearing and even lead to an acute loss of the same. Therefore, it is important to get the problem treated so that you can hear as clearly as you did before.

There are effective treatments for ear wax. You will either be given softeners which will allow the hardened wax to become pliable and easily removable or will be asked to go through a cleaning procedure with an ENT. In this procedure, a sterilized instrument shaped like a scoop will be used to scoop out the excess ear wax and clean out your ears.

How Ear Wax treatment is done?

The first step to getting the ear wax treatment done is to go and visit an ENT. The ENT will have a look inside your ear to see what the problem is and all that is needed for the diagnosis. There are no specific tests as this is something that can be confirmed visually. Once it is confirmed that your loss of hearing is because of too much ear wax, then the treatment can begin.

If there is hardened ear wax in your ear that cannot be removed without causing pain or injury, then the first step is to start with a softener. The softener can be anything like olive oil or castor oil. It will be administered with a dropper and put inside your ear so that the wax begins to get wet and get softer. Once that is achieved, it can be removed. Another way to administer the treatment is to simply scoop out the additional wax with the help of an instrument that is shaped like a scoop. It cleans out the entire ear and helps restore the hearing perfectly. Sometimes, additional items such as gauze will be used to clean the ears along with an antiseptic to ensure that no infection occurs. The procedure is generally painless though a little discomfort can be expected as the cleaning occurs.

Who is eligible for the treatment?

If you are experiencing the loss of hearing or feeling as though your ear is congested or stuffed, then you can visit an ENT and seek the treatment for excess ear wax.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you have an ear infection or are suffering from other medical conditions related to your ears, then you may not be eligible for the treatment. It all depends on what your doctor says about your problem.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects to getting your ears cleaned. However, using an unsterilized instrument to clean the ear may cause infections. Furthermore, cleaning the ear harshly or without softening can lead to injury and pain.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no post treatment guidelines. Ear wax is natural and is a part of your system. Though you can get regular check-ups with your ENT to prevent a large scale build-up of ear wax.

How long does it take to recover?

The procedure to clean your ear can take anywhere between 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on whether the wax first needs to be softened or not. The recovery is immediate and your hearing will be restored immediately.

What is the cost of Ear Wax Treatment in India?

Getting your ears cleaned can cause anywhere between Rs. 200 – Rs. 1,000, depending on where you get the treatment from.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Since the building up of ear wax is natural, you can expect the condition to return if you do not clean your ears on a regular basis.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There is no alternative to the treatment. Using Q tips at home should be strictly avoided as they pack the wax further within the ear into a tighter mass, rather than helping you clean it all. They are very bad for you and should not be used.

Popular Questions & Answers

Doctor my age is 17. I am recently having hearing problem in my right ear for 4 days. I have given candibiotic plus and deep wax ear drops in the last few days. My ear is clogged for the last 4 days. Now from today my inner ear is paining. Please tell me what to do. Please respond fast kindly.

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Hello lybrate-user, for immediate relief I would advice you to go and personally see an ent specialist as we can clean your ear and find out if your middle ear is having an active infection. Medicines might give you temporary relief but getting it...

I have ear pain from 4-5 days yesterday I have consulted with doctor he told me that, there is some ear wax & redness in ear drum prescribed tab augpen 625bid, tab telekast-l, soliwax drop, but even after 24 hrs and taking 3 doses pain is as it was before consulting, please suggest if any other medicine I can take.

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Hii a little more information is needed for better assessment if your ear pain and redness in ear drum is associated with cold, nose block etc -it can be infection of inner ear and for which nasal drops are gonna help better. If ear symptoms are a...
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