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How OtoSet® Helps with Symptoms of Impacted Earwax

How OtoSet® Helps with Symptoms of Impacted Earwax

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is prevented from reaching the inner ear. One of the most common culprits that block sound-waves from traveling through the ear canal is… impacted earwax! The accumulation of earwax is likely more common than you think.

Over 35 million people in the U.S. alone experience impacted earwax and 20 million people seek treatment for it annually. If not properly removed, accumulated earwax can contribute to various ear-related conditions including temporary conductive hearing loss and tinnitus - a ringing or buzzing-like noise in the ears. Fortunately, OtoSet® offers an easy solution that thoroughly removes earwax.

Conductive Hearing Loss: Causes & Symptoms
There are three types of hearing loss: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when hair cells in the inner ear are damaged, resulting in permanent damage and chronic hearing loss. This differs from conductive hearing loss which occurs in the outer or middle ear. Physical blockages prevent sound-waves from traveling through the ear and reaching the inner ear where they are further processed. Common causes of conductive hearing loss include:
  • Earwax that accumulates in the ear canal
  • Fluid in the middle ear caused by colds or allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Perforated eardrum
  • An object that gets stuck in the ear
  • Benign tumors or growths
This results in temporary hearing loss, producing a range of symptoms including:
  • Difficulty hearing soft sounds
  • Louder sounds are distorted or muffled
  • Tinnitus: a ringing, buzzing, or clicking like noise that can be heard in one or both ears
  • Dizziness
  • Ear pain
  • Fluid or an odor coming from the ears
  • Feeling like your ears are full
Fortunately, there are effective treatment options that can alleviate symptoms.

Impacted Earwax
Treatment for conductive hearing loss depends on the underlying cause. Earwax is one of the most common factors that contribute to impaired hearing. Known as cerumen, earwax is a natural substance that the ears make which provides moisture and protection. Typically, earwax makes its way out of the ears naturally but often, earwax can accumulate. Several factors can cause earwax to build up in the ears:
  • Some people make more earwax than others
  • Inner ear disorders, ear infections
  • Growths in the ear canal
  • A narrowed ear canal
  • Autoimmune disorders

These factors can either cause more earwax to be produced or create blockages that prevent earwax from exiting the ears. Impacted earwax can lead to earaches, dizziness, feeling clogged, tinnitus, etc. so having it removed is important for ear health.

Treating Impacted Earwax with OtoSet®
A simple solution that tackles the problem of impacted earwax can be found with OtoSet®. OtoSet® is an automated ear cleaning system that facilitates the quick removal of earwax. Rather than relying on outdated techniques that can be both time-consuming and messy, OtoSet® has automated the process. The wearable device (resembling headphones) maximizes micro-suction and irrigation technology to swiftly remove earwax. Disposable eartips that are embedded in the over-the-ear portion of the headphones release a warm saline solution towards the walls of the ear canal. This softens ear wax as continuous micro-suction technology pulls the earwax into the disposable waste containers that are also attached to the device.

OtoSet®’s cleaning cycle is just 30 seconds compared to the 20 to 30 minutes it typically takes to manually remove earwax and clean the ears. OtoSet® is also extremely easy to use, allowing healthcare providers to efficiently and effectively extract earwax. Developed with the expertise of hearing healthcare specialists, OtoSet® ensures that it provides optimal earwax removal.

If you experience excess earwax, be sure to be evaluated by your primary care provider or a hearing healthcare specialist, such as an audiologist or ENT. These professionals provide safe and efficient earwax services. Ask them about OtoSet® and how you can benefit from its use.