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Sound Advice


Ear Wax

Ear wax is a natural protective lubricant for your ear canal. It is not dirty.

In most people, Q-tips are too large for the ear canal and although you may see some wax on your Q-tip when used, you are usually pushing most of the wax down deeper into the ear canal.

In most people the ear canal will cleanse itself by pushing a small amount of wax out each day and you can simple remove it with your finger nail, a thin wash cloth or Kleenex.

If the wax occludes your ear canal and interferes with your hearing it should be removed by a physician.


Ringing or noise in your ears

This symptom should be evaluated with an ear examination and a complete hearing test.

While most of the time it will not be a condition that is serious, it can be indicative of a serious problem and should be evaluated.


Speech & Hearing

While many speech problems may be present in a child with perfectly normal hearing, it is very important to evaluate a child's hearing who has delayed speech development.

It is also very important to be certain that a child with normal speech has normal hearing in order to maximize learning.


Hearing Aids

If you are having problems with hearing you should first be examined by an ear physician who will obtain a complete hearing evaluation. This is done to both measure the degree of hearing problem and diagnose its cause. This will determine if the hearing problem is significant and if it is correctable, either with surgery, medication or a hearing aid.

If a hearing aid is indicated, you should be counseled and have your aid fitted by a Master Degree Certified Audiologist. You should be given at least a 30 day trial period during which you are not obligated to keep the aid if you are not satisfied with its performance.


Body Ear Piercing

While traditional piercing of the ear lobe is relatively safe, much more serious complications are likely from piercing the ear at any site that has cartilage. If the cartilage becomes infected it is much more difficult to cure and may require surgical excision. The infection may cause permanent deformity.


Preventing Hearing Loss

Loud noise exposure and medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, low thyroid and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis or lupus can contribute to permanent inner ear damage. Do your best to preserve your hearing.