Cerumen, also known as earwax, is naturally produced by the glands in the ears to lubricate the ear canals and keep dust and debris from getting too far down in the ear canal.
Cerumen typically clears itself from the ears, but in some instances can accumulate and cause a blockage.
Cerumen can be removed from the ear canal so that it does not interfere with listening or comfort, especially for individuals who wear hearing aids. Your audiologist will look in your ears at every visit to ensure cerumen is not interfering with the function of your hearing aids. If it is, we will try to safely remove the cerumen. Our physicians may also assist in this process if it is too deep or too impacted.