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I have very small ears and always need to be seen by a dr to have them cleaned out.. I went to an ear nose and throat dr when i had my tonsils removed and there they said well lets clean your ears, now after that (and its been a little over a year) i feel

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Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Typically,

Typically, the ear canal should be able to clear itself of wax (cerumen in "doctor-speak").
Things that may disrupt the normal mechanism are hearing aids, foreign bodies, and over use of cotton swabs (q-tips). Some people's anatomy may also contribute to problems, such as small canals or opennings to the canals. Cerumen does have purpose: it prohibits bacterial growth and is an emolient for the thin, fragile skin of the ear canal. A buildup of ceruman can cause hearing loss by blocking sound vibrations and can cause inflammation of the canal skin. It can be removed by a doctor's office with gentle irrigation or with direct, mechanical removal (typically under magnification). There are also over-the-counter solutions that can be placed in the ear to soften the wax for easy self irrigation. Care must always be taken to Prohibit any damage to the fragile canal skin and ear drum. It is hard to know what the feeling is of the object in the ear. Could be loose cerumen. Often we look and see nothing in the canal. It could also be fluid in the middle ear, behind the ear drum. The best advice would be to see a primary care physician when it is most appropriate for you. This should be done right away if there is increasing or more persistent pain, decreased hearing, or drainage from the ear.

In brief: Typically,

Typically, the ear canal should be able to clear itself of wax (cerumen in "doctor-speak").
Things that may disrupt the normal mechanism are hearing aids, foreign bodies, and over use of cotton swabs (q-tips). Some people's anatomy may also contribute to problems, such as small canals or opennings to the canals. Cerumen does have purpose: it prohibits bacterial growth and is an emolient for the thin, fragile skin of the ear canal. A buildup of ceruman can cause hearing loss by blocking sound vibrations and can cause inflammation of the canal skin. It can be removed by a doctor's office with gentle irrigation or with direct, mechanical removal (typically under magnification). There are also over-the-counter solutions that can be placed in the ear to soften the wax for easy self irrigation. Care must always be taken to Prohibit any damage to the fragile canal skin and ear drum. It is hard to know what the feeling is of the object in the ear. Could be loose cerumen. Often we look and see nothing in the canal. It could also be fluid in the middle ear, behind the ear drum. The best advice would be to see a primary care physician when it is most appropriate for you. This should be done right away if there is increasing or more persistent pain, decreased hearing, or drainage from the ear.
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Dr. Paul Griggs
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