Earwax (cerumen) occurs naturally and serves to protect, cleanse, and lubricate the ear canal. For some, earwax will naturally work its way out of the ear but for others it may build up and become impacted. This can create a temporary hearing loss or feeling of fullness in the ears. Use of cotton swabs to remove earwax is not recommended as it can make the buildup worse by pushing the earwax deeper into the ear canal. Your audiologist can safely remove earwax. He or she may also recommend the use of mineral oil or other softeners to help prevent future buildups.
Hearts for Hearing was founded in 2003 with a mission of providing hearing technology and speech therapy services at no out-of-pocket costs to families with children who were born deaf. 20 years later, we are still teaching babies and children born deaf to listen and talk. Our services have expanded to include adult hearing care with offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Shawnee. Our team of professionals has grown from our original three people to 117 now. Hearts for Hearing continues to provide the first set of hearing technology and therapy to children at no out-of-pocket costs to families, and now includes Newborn Hearing Screen services, major research initiatives, Eyes Open Ears On programming, and its own 3D ear mold lab.