Ear Wax Removal

We can provide effective treatment options for various ear wax issues

VEI Hearing - Earwax Management


We understand the discomfort and frustration that earwax buildup can cause, which is why we’re here to provide expert care and relief. When you come to us with concerns about earwax, our experienced audiologists will conduct a thorough examination to assess the extent of the buildup and determine the best course of action. Using safe and effective methods, such as gentle irrigation or manual removal with specialized tools, we’ll carefully remove the excess wax to restore optimal hearing function. Throughout the process, your comfort and safety are our top priorities, and we’ll take every precaution to ensure a positive experience. With our expert earwax management, you can trust the Hearing Center at VEI to help you enjoy clear and comfortable hearing once again.

ear wax removal

Introducing the Earigator:

At Virginia Eye Institute, we are excited to offer the Earigator, a state-of-the-art ear cleaning system that combines the precision of otoscopy with the safety and efficiency of irrigation. The Earigator provides a comfortable and effective solution for removing earwax.

The Earigator features:

  • Otoscope Integration: Ensures precise visualization of the ear canal and earwax.
  • Temperature Control: Delivers water at body temperature to enhance comfort during the procedure.
  • Adjustable Pressure: Allows for customized irrigation, ensuring a safe and effective cleaning process.
  • Convenience: The procedure is quick, typically taking only a few minutes.
This advanced technology is designed to make ear cleaning safer, more comfortable, and more efficient, providing a superior experience for our patients.

Excessive earwax, also known as cerumen, can impact hearing by obstructing the ear canal and interfering with sound transmission. Earwax is a natural substance produced by glands in the ear canal, and its primary function is to protect the ear by trapping dust, dirt, and other foreign particles, as well as lubricating and moisturizing the ear canal. However, when too much earwax accumulates or becomes impacted, it can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Hearing loss: Excessive earwax buildup can block sound waves from reaching the eardrum, resulting in temporary conductive hearing loss. This can cause sounds to be muffled or distorted.
  • Ear discomfort: Earwax impaction can cause feelings of fullness or discomfort in the ear, as well as itching or irritation.
  • Tinnitus: In some cases, impacted earwax can contribute to the perception of ringing, buzzing, or other phantom sounds in the ear, known as tinnitus.
  • Earache: Earwax buildup may also lead to earaches or pain in the affected ear.

Excessive earwax buildup can occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Naturally produced wax: Some individuals naturally produce more earwax than others, which can increase the risk of buildup.
  • Improper ear hygiene: Using cotton swabs or other objects to clean the ears can push earwax deeper into the ear canal, leading to impaction.
  • Ear canal anatomy: Certain anatomical factors, such as narrow ear canals or the presence of hair in the ear canal, can predispose individuals to earwax buildup.
  • Wearing hearing aids or earplugs: Inserting objects into the ear, such as hearing aids or earplugs, can push earwax deeper into the ear canal and contribute to impaction.

It’s important to note that while earwax buildup can cause discomfort and temporary hearing loss, attempting to remove it at home using cotton swabs or other objects can often do more harm than good. Instead, it’s best to seek professional earwax removal from a qualified audiologist or healthcare provider to ensure safe and effective treatment. We use specialized tools and techniques to gently remove the impacted earwax and restore optimal hearing function.