Park Place Hearing Center

Earwax Removal

Are You Experiencing Challenges With Blocked Or Clogged Ears In Sonoma And Marin Counties?

If you are experiencing blocked, clogged, or full ears, then there’s a strong chance that you may have a buildup of earwax.

Earwax is a natural substance that your body produces to trap unwelcome dirt and dust. It has protective properties that prevent bacteria from reaching the inner ear and prevent the growth of certain bacteria and fungi that can lead to ear infections.

In many cases, earwax is a positive sign that your ear is caring for itself.

But when you have an over-accumulation of earwax (too much) or impacted earwax, then it can cause many challenges, including a temporary or a sudden hearing loss, a feeling of fullness in your ear, dizziness, headaches, balance issues, and ear pain.

There are many reasons that this can occur, from using cotton swabs, which can push earwax too deep into your ear canal, to your body over-producing earwax naturally, which is not fault of your own.

Although there are many myths and misconceptions around removing earwax – including some dangerous recommendations like ear candling – your first step should be to visit a hearing professional for a full diagnostic hearing assessment.

This is where a highly experienced hearing professional can look into your ears, comprehensively assess your overall hearing health, and identify what may be resulting in your hearing-related challenges.

We’ll then be able to help you to address the challenge, or if additional expertise is required, you will then receive a referral to trusted local experts depending on your needs.


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The Biggest Myths & Misunderstandings Surrounding Earwax

Myth #1 – “My ear will naturally clean/fix itself”

Although it’s true that a lot of problems in the body can be fixed by our immune systems, it’s not true for earwax. If your ears are blocked, sore, or you can’t hear properly, then this is a cry for attention and, if left untreated, it could lead to more problems down the line, such as ear infections and even permanent damage. It is always best to tackle the problem at source.

Myth #2 – “I can use a cotton swab to remove earwax”

We strongly urge you to never try this. It can be very dangerous and will often cause more problems than it solves. Cotton swabs are one of the leading reasons that many people experience a buildup of earwax or blockage, as it actually pushes the earwax way too deep into the ear canal, so what you think you’re removing, you’re actually making worse.

Myth #3 – “My body creates too much earwax”

There are very few cases where this is true. Your ear typically creates the right amount of wax to keep your ears free from dust and dirt, but if you clean them too much, then your body will make more and this is what can cause the blockage.

Myth #4 – “I can just watch a tutorial online to remove my own earwax”

You can also watch tutorials of how to perform medical procedures – it doesn’t mean that you should be the person to do it. It’s recommended to visit a hearing professional.

What Will Happen At Your Visit To Park Place Hearing?

#1 - You’ll be welcomed into the office.

Upon booking, you’ll receive instructions prior to your appointment to let you know where to park and where to go, and we will look forward to meeting you.

#2 - There will be a brief discussion about your hearing health history.

Before we look into your ears, we want to understand any challenges that you or loved ones many have had in the past that relate to your hearing health.

#3 - We’ll look into your ears to begin with.

By using an otoscope, we’ll be able to look into your ears and identify anything that may be blocking your ear canal or causing any form of clogged-up feeling.

#4 - You will enter the sound booth.

To then comprehensively test all areas of your hearing, you will enter a sound booth to have a full diagnostic hearing assessment to ensure that your hearing is performing as it should be and identify any further challenges that you may be experiencing.

#5 – The results will be shared with you.

We will then walk you through our findings and explain what we’ve discovered (if anything) and discuss the next options available to you.

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Scheduling Your Appointment

If you or a loved one is experiencing challenges with blocked or clogged ears, then this is the ideal first step by visiting a hearing professional for a full hearing inspection.

Simply complete this form or call San Rafael at (415) 499-7766 or Petaluma at (707) 763-3161.

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Starkey hearing aids are relatively new when their history is compared to other hearing aid manufacturers, beginning in 1970. However, Starkey has provided hearing instruments for five U.S. presidents, two popes, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and other notable leaders. Starkey emerged in 2017 as a leader in the use of artificially intelligent hearing aids.

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Remote Assist

An additional advantage, which became extremely important as hearing aid patients were unable to attend in-office visits due to COVID-19 restrictions, is ReSound’s Remote Assist support program. This feature allows you to connect with your hearing care provider using teleaudiology regardless of where you are, allowing for the necessary support and adjustments to your device from a remote location.