Ear Wax Removal

While it’s not pretty, ear wax is a normal product of healthy ears that protects their delicate parts from water and infection. When a patient has too much of it, however, the ear can become plugged. As a result, hearing loss and discomfort can occur, leading to the need for ear wax removal. In addition, an over abundance of wax in the ear can obscure the doctor’s vision of the ear canal, hiding other more serious problems. For those patients with hearing aids, too much ear wax can provide another challenge – it is the leading cause of hearing aid malfunction.

Since individuals vary greatly in the amount and consistency of ear wax produced, there are a variety of safe ear wax removal techniques that can be performed. The most common include the use of a curette (a tool used to scoop or pull wax out of the ear), suction, and flushing the ear with water.



Resist the temptation to use Q-tips to clean out your ears. They can actually push the wax further into the ear, potentially causing damage or making it more difficult to remove.


"We want to thank Dr. Johnson and the staff at the South Scottsdale office for their prompt service. When I had a problem with one of my hearing aids, they saw me within an hour of my call to their office, and resolved the problem in a few minutes. We appreciate a business that is so helpful and caring."

– Lisa B.

"As a person who was just diagnosed with tinnitus and some hearing loss, I decided to see Dr. Gary Johnson and discuss if hearing aids would be beneficial to me. Dr. Johnson gave me a thorough examination and evaluation, and recommended hearing aids for me to help with the hearing loss and help quiet the tinnitus. I have been wearing my new hearing aids for about 2 months now and I am so happy with them.

Dr. Johnson did a wonderful job evaluating what would work for me. He is very pleasant, listens to the needs of the patient, answers all questions and makes you feel very comfortable. I have been helped with the hearing aids for both my tinnitus and hearing loss. Don’t hesitate to go see Dr. Johnson if you are in need of someone who can help with your tinnitus and hearing problems. He is the best in the business."

– Laura S.

"I had a hearing aid quit on me. I went into the Mesa location and was greeted by a pleasant young lady, and was promptly helped to get my hearing aid working again. And there was no charge!! Great service and pleasant staff. What a great experience !!"

– Gordon O.

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Ear Wax Removal was last modified: April 6th, 2021 by Olivia