Do you wonder, “how often should I have ear wax removal?” The answer is often dependent on your ears and how they behave.
Your ears are constantly producing ear wax. As a result many people need to have their ears cleaned on a regular basis.
The amount of ear wax you produce, the physical characteristics of your ears, the environment you typically work or live in, and even the weather can influence how often your ears need cleaning.
A discussion with your ear health practitioner during your first visit will help to establish a time-frame for your next appointment.
Ear wax is completely normal
Ear wax or cerumen production is a normal and healthy function. It protects your ears from foreign invaders. And it can stop or slow down dirt, bugs, water and anything else that might try to make a dash towards your ear drum.
Typically ear wax is soft and sticky and as it migrates out of your ear it dries and becomes flaky. When everything is working as nature intended, ear wax will come out on its own with normal skin migration. The skin in your ear canal is like a conveyor belt. Your ear wax is constantly hitching a ride out of your ear on that conveyor belt.
Some people produce too much ear wax
Sometimes your ears overproduce ear wax and it can’t migrate out fast enough. Or you might have a small ear canal which may obstruct ear wax from exiting . Hair growing in or around our ears can also pose a problem for ear wax trying to escape. There are other factors, but these three reasons are common contributors to ear wax build-up and impaction.
The degree to which your ear wax is overproduced, or slowed down from exiting your ears is unique to you. So there is no one size fits all answer to the question, “How often should I have ear wax removal done?”
For some people it is once a year, and for others it is four times a year. The good news is your ear nurse will help you figure out how often your ears need cleaning.