Did you know that your ears function not only for hearing, but for balance as well? The slightest disturbance in the function of our ears can affect much more than just how loud we turn up the volume on the TV! Ear disease can cause dizziness and nausea by upsetting our vestibular system, our internal system responsible for position, orientation, and motion for our body. Even car-sickness, sea-sickness, or any form of motion-sickness can be directly related to dysfunction of the inner ear!
Any form of abnormal ear sensation, such as infection, pressure, itching, ringing, hearing loss, etc., can have a negative effect on other areas of our wellbeing, causing sleeplessness, irritability, decreased attention, avoidance of social activities, and depression. These types of stresses impact our mental health, immune system, cardiovascular system, and even memory function!
Protecting our inner ears by avoiding loud & or prolonged noises is one preventative measure we can take to maintain good ear health. Protective ear covering should be worn by anyone with repeated exposure to loud or prolonged sounds.
Wax, or cerumen, is necessary for your ear health. It protects your inner ear from damage and infection. Wax removal decreases that natural protection and can cause dry, itchy, irritated ears. Wax should be allowed to exudate itself. Foreign objects should never be inserted into the ear canal. Any object that is small enough to fit into your ear canal should not be inserted into your ear canal. Insertion of any object into the ear canal is likely to damage your delicate ear drum if inserted too far, leading to pain and hearing loss. Objects inserted into the ear canal, even hearing aids, ear buds, and cotton swabsor Q-tips, are likely to drive any wax further into the canal where it will accumulate, harden, cause discomfort, block the ear canal, cause a reduction in hearing, and possibly contribute to infection.
Removal of impacted cerumen can be performed in a medical office by a trained professional. Manual removal is typically required for those with a history of ear disease, who use auditory devices such as hearing aids or ear buds, who are older in age, whose glands produce a dryer form of wax, who have an overproduction of wax due to a blockage, or who insert objects into their ears for attempted wax removal. This is a routine procedure with little to no discomfort performed during your office visit.
We are grateful to Hear Again America for accommodating immediate referrals for hearing tests required for your diagnosis and/or treatment with Dr. Brill. These services are typically performed without the need for a separately scheduled appointment and without the need for traveling to another location. Conveniently located in our shared suite, Hear Again America is a separate private practice offering audiology services and hearing aids, and charges for these services are separate from any services provided by Dr. Brill.
The Importance of Maintaining Ear Health