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Ear Wax: How Do You Know If You Have Ear Wax?

Ear Wax

There’s really no way you yourself can obviously see inside your own head, and we really do not advise you to go poking around your ears. Remember the old adage, you shouldn’t put anything in your ears smaller than your elbow. That would be tough to do! So don’t go digging around in there, no bobby pins or hair clips or anything like that. If there’s any concern or discomfort in the ears, you really need to have a professional look at it.

At HearCare, we use a tool called a Video Otoscope, which we can use to see inside the ear canal and look down the auditory pathway. We can see the eardrum which looks a bit like a pearly gray eyeball. A good, healthy looking eardrum will have a shiny blue color. We can expand the view and even see one of the smallest bones in your body, the hammer bone. These are all details you would be unable to see at home.

Some ear wax is not a bad thing, so don’t be alarmed if a little bit of wax is present. By looking in your ear canal, your audiologist will see if you need any ear wax removed.