There are varying degrees of earache or ear discomfort, which can be a result of different conditions including ear wax buildup or ear infections. Our providers are able to help identify and provide care plans to help.
Ear Wax Buildup & Cleaning
The ear naturally secretes ear wax or cerumen to protect, lubricate and keep debris out of the ear. In addition, cerumen helps prevent the growth of bacteria. Under normal conditions, the body keeps the production of ear wax under control, but some people are more susceptible to quicker buildup.
In the event there is a buildup of ear wax, it can harden and cause a blockage, resulting in
- Ringing in the ears
- Temporary hearing loss
- Sensitive ear and ear canals
What to expect during a visit
- A provider will conduct a thorough examination of your ears with an otoscope
- A provider will provide a diagnosis and may recommend ear cleaning as a care option
- If ear cleaning is recommended, a provider l will perform irrigation to remove wax
Inner Ear Infection
An inner ear infection is an infection of the middle ear (the space behind the eardrum). It can occur as a result of the common cold or other conditions affecting the sinuses. This is because congestion can block the internal passage (“Eustachian tube”) that drains fluid from the middle ear. When the middle ear fills with fluid, bacteria can grow there and cause an infection.
- Ear pain
- Muffled hearing / temporary loss of hearing / loss of hearing
What to expect from a visit:
- A provider will conduct an examination and give you a diagnosis
- You will receive a recommended care plan which may include oral antibiotics and other appropriate medication
- Symptoms usually start to improve within 1-2 days of treatment