When Do You Need Your Ears Cleaned?

July 29, 2022

In most cases, your ears will be self-sufficient and clean themselves, so you never need to receive treatment. However, sometimes there are signs of a wax build-up. This can cause discomfort, itchiness, or ear infections if left untreated. If you use cotton swabs in your ears, you may be at higher risk for wax build-up.

If you find yourself suffering from any of the following signs, visit AFC Castle Rock for a professional ear cleaning today. Our urgent care services are offered on a walk-in basis, so you never need an appointment. 

Blocked Ears

When there is too much ear wax in your ear, the feeling that your canals are clogged or blocked up is common. While some earwax is important to help the ears operate properly, too much earwax can be a problem. 

If you find yourself with blocked or clogged ears, visit AFC Castle Rock for a professional ear cleaning. These cleanings can remove the excess wax in a safe way, leaving your ear canals unblocked and free from harm. 


If you feel pain or discomfort in your ear, that can be a sign of an ear infection, but it may also be a sign of too much wax. When there is too much wax, it may harden, which can cause pain and discomfort to the ear canal due to pressing against the nerve. Hardened wax can only be removed professionally. Don’t try to remove it yourself.

Dark Colored Earwax

Most people have cleaned out their ears at home and have noticed the normal yellow color of wax. If you notice that the wax has a brown color and is darker than normal, that is another sign of excess earwax. Having dark-colored earwax is a perfect example of needing professional cleaning. 

Loss of Hearing

If you find yourself experiencing a loss of hearing, there are many things to rule out. The loss is more sudden and won’t happen gradually, as compared to natural aging and loss of hearing that way. A medical provider will rule out an ear infection before determining excess earwax is blocking the canal. 

Regardless of what you think the cause may be, if you begin to lose your hearing, it’s important to speak with a medical provider. Ears are a self-cleaning part of the body, but they may need help every once in a while. Visit AFC Urgent Care Castle Rock for care today. 

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