Over the years, hundreds (if not thousands) of people have told us that they’re having issues with earwax.  

If you have experienced (or are currently experiencing) a buildup of earwax, then you’ll understand how frustrating this is and how it can severely impact your day-to-day life.

As you know, there are many opinions on which method is best to remove earwax (many of which are stupid and dangerous), but the fact remains that the safest way to remove it is by seeing an audiologist.

A key part of the removal process is looking into your ear to see exactly what is going on and understanding the steps required to remove the earwax causing the challenges.

Handheld Otoscope

There has traditionally been one way of doing this, and that’s through a handheld otoscope; this is the commonly-known device that your physician or audiologist will look into your ears through.

It allows us to see the outer ear canal and eardrum through a magnified lens and a light.

Although the handheld otoscope does a great job, it does have two challenges:

#1 It only allows the specialist using the otoscope to see what is happening, which means that you (the patient) don’t get to see and instead have to rely on the specialist to articulate what they’re seeing.

#2 The small screen that we look through on a handheld otoscope is tiny; it’s like looking through a telescope – it can be difficult to see everything clearly and fully diagnose the next steps effectively.

That’s why when video otoscopes were introduced; we were dancing on the rooftops!

Video Otoscope

A video otoscope utilizes a small camera that goes into your ear, which then shows what’s happening inside your ear canal on a screen in front of you (the patient) and us (the specialist).

This means that we’re able to share what we’re seeing, explain and show you what may be causing the clogged-up feeling or identify where your buildup of earwax is.

It also showcases it on a big screen so that we’re able to more clearly identify the steps required to remove your earwax, rather than the small screen on an otoscope.

There was also a scientific study conducted in 2018 that ran a comparison between a video otoscope and a handheld otoscope in adults living with HIV in South Africa.

The study was conducted by two ENT specialists on 87 adults, and they found that middle ear pathology was observed in 8% of cases using the handheld otoscope versus 10.6% of cases using the video otoscope, concluding that “the video otoscope may be more accurate in the identification of middle ear pathologies.”

Sometimes this advancement in technology pace is a good thing, hey!

If you or a loved one is experiencing challenges with earwax and need a team of professionals in North Houston or Spring, then we’re here to help.

Utilizing the latest equipment and video otoscopes, our team can identify the causes of your blocked ears and professionally remove your earwax.

It’s simple, it’s pain-free, and like many of our patients, it will feel like a huge sense of relief as you realize all the sounds that you have been missing.

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 2003, and earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA), and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association.
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