At the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin, we believe that informed patients are better equipped to make good decisions regarding their health and well being. Please browse through our website to learn about common ear nose and throat diagnosis and treatments.
You can also find helpful information on the following sites:
- American Academy of Otolaryngology
- American Tinnitus Association
- American Academy of Audiology
- American Speech Language & Hearing Association
We are constantly receiving questions regarding your children. As always, for medical concerns please consult your pediatrician. Great Hills ENT is proud to support the Baby411 educational resource line.
Remember, you can always contact our office to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.
Earwax, known as cerumen, is part of the ear's natural process to keep dust and dirt from reaching the eardrum. Normally, dust and dirt are trapped in the earwax, which then dries up and falls out of the ear. But some people experience a build up of earwax, which causes a blockage that reduces hearing. Hearing aid and earplug users have a higher incidence of earwax blockage than other. However, using a cotton swab to clean your ear can also contribute to earwax build-up. (It is recommended that you do not use a cotton swab to clean your ear as it may pierce the eardrum).
Symptoms of earwax blockage include decreased or muffled hearing, dizziness, ear pain or ringing in the ears. Wax-softening drops and irrigation of the ear with warm water are two home remedies. For more difficult cases, please contact our office and schedule an appointment to have one of our otolaryngologists remove your earwax build-up.