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Professional Ear Wax Removal
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3830 Valley Centre Dr, San Diego, CA 921303830 Valley Centre Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • May 26 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • May 27 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.82(3.3k reviews)
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MD Today Urgent Care, Carmel Valley - 3830 Valley Centre Dr, San Diego
Wonderful, helpful and kind nurse and doctor. Took care of my daughter’s horrible migraine in a very quick manner. Thank you.

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4490 Fanuel St, Pacific Beach, CA 921094490 Fanuel St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.48(174 reviews)
Marque Urgent Care, Pacific Beach - 4490 Fanuel St, Pacific Beach
Excellent staff.   Easy scheduling.  Easy access/parking.  Medications easily available.

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10605 Scripps Poway Pkwy, San Diego, CA 9213110605 Scripps Poway Pkwy
Open until 4:00 pm
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  • May 25 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • May 27 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.83(4.7k reviews)
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MD Today Urgent Care, Scripps Ranch - 10605 Scripps Poway Pkwy, San Diego
Great everyone was professional and caring.  Would recommend them for sure

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1625 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 920211625 E Main St
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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  • May 27 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
4.59(3.6k reviews)
East County Urgent Care, Urgent Care & Work Injuries - 1625 E Main St
Doctor kept talking over me and it felt like I was being rushed out the door. The check-in and check-out staff were very pleasant.

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1855 S Centre City Pkwy, Escondido, CA 920251855 S Centre City Pkwy
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.8(71 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Escondido - 1855 S Centre City Pkwy
Online apt was easy, Brad and Chloe were great for care, friendly, place was clean - would definitely recommend!

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6971 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 920096971 El Camino Real
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.76(92 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Carlsbad - 6971 El Camino Real
This place was quick friendly clean will definitely be back if need be.

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109 S Las Posas Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078109 S Las Posas Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.83(63 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, San Marcos - 109 S Las Posas Rd
Made an appointment but it didn’t help. Wait time was too long. Once I got in I was very satisfied.

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295 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078295 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
4.68(1.8k reviews)
Carlsbad Urgent Care - San Marcos - 295 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos
I came in on Saturday as a walk in. I was impressed with the ease to check i n. Everyone was very nice. I believe that the dr went over and above. Her name was Navi Gil, I appreciate all that this office did for me. Thank you

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2484 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 920542484 Vista Way
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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4.89(46 reviews)
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Carbon Health Urgent Care, Oceanside - 2484 Vista Way
This was my first visit and I was very impressed. Clean, friendly and efficient and convenient. I did make an appointment online, which was very easy, but there wouldn’t have been a wait anyway. I definitely recommend. Thank you!

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6136 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 919426136 Lake Murray Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
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1628 Palm Ave, San Diego, CA 921541628 Palm Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
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  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
5.0(7 reviews)
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South Bay Urgent Care - 1628 Palm Ave, San Diego
I have had many accidents in my life. Been to the ER more than a dozen times for a variety of mishaps, mistakes, and missteps that required medical care and stitches. Never have I experienced the care and kindness I have ever received from any medical care facility as I did by going to South Bay Urgent Care. I hate going to hospitals and try to avoid going at all cost. Unfortunately I sliced one of my fingers half way through and needed stitches. I feel fortunate and lucky enough to have had Isaac Ortega-Endahl, PA-C sew my finger back together. The man has amazing skill sets and should be a surgeon. Thank you Dr. Issac. I truly appreciate your kindness. I didn't realize that I got there close to their closing time and feel grateful to your entire staff that took care of me that night. Kindness is a rare thing in the world today. I'm so thankful that it exists in your staff at South Bay Urgent Care. Truly amazing people.
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4085 Governor Dr, San Diego, CA 921224085 Governor Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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1.0(1 reviews)
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250 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101250 Market St
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • SatClosed
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3.0(29 reviews)
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300 Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101300 Fir St
Open until 8:00 pm
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3900 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 921033900 Fifth Ave
Open until 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.48(144 reviews)
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3930 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 921033930 Fourth Ave
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Concentra Urgent Care, Hillcrest - 3930 Fourth Ave, San Diego
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408 W 8th St, National City, CA 91950408 W 8th St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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1.0(1 reviews)
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5333 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 921085333 Mission Center Rd
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2.5(15 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, Mission Valley - 5333 Mission Center Rd, San Diego
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5644 Mission Center Ct, San Diego, CA 921085644 Mission Center Ct
Open until 5:30 pm
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4305 University Ave, San Diego, CA 921054305 University Ave
Open until 2:00 pm
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About Professional Ear Wax Removal

Dirt, bacteria, and other small particles that could irritate your ear canal and cause hearing loss are shielded by ear wax. On the other side, too much ear wax can obstruct your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Knowing how to safely and effectively remove ear wax can help you safeguard your hearing and ear health.

Why do we have ear wax?

Ear wax is a natural substance that protects your ears by trapping microscopic debris like dust and bacteria that might otherwise injure them. According to the National Library of Medicine, ear wax also protects the sensitive skin inside your ear canal from water-related irritation (NLM).

As it moves from the inside of your ears to the outside of the ear canal, ear wax gathers dead skin cells, debris, and hair. According to Harvard Medical School, ear wax has antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it an effective natural ear cleanser. It continues by stating that if your ears do not produce or hold enough ear wax, they will be itchy and unpleasant.

Treatment of a common ear condition

Ear wax removal, according to the National Library of Medicine, can help you prevent and avoid hearing loss. According to the National Library of Medicine, most cases of ear wax buildup can be treated at home using treatments that soften the wax so it can be easily removed or washed out. It goes on to state that you may need to seek medical help in some circumstances to avoid injuring your ears or causing an infection.

According to the National Library of Medicine, hearing loss caused by ear wax buildup is usually temporary and disappears after the blockage is removed. Hearing loss that persists after wax removal should be checked and treated by a physician.

The side effects of excessive ear wax

Excessive ear wax can cause ear discomfort and hearing problems, according to the National Library of Medicine. According to the National Library of Medicine, ear wax buildup is associated with ear pain, a perception of blocked ears, and tinnitus (inner ear noises). It's also possible that you have a partial hearing loss that gets worse with time.

The development of ear wax

Ear wax is also known as cerumen. It is a mixture of secretions from sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the outer ear canal's walls, according to Harvard Medical School.

Secretions flow through the inner ear canal and into the outer ear canal when you chew or talk with your jaw, where they dry out and flake. This allows older ear wax deposits to flow out or be removed more easily, according to Harvard Medical School.

Where wax comes from

According to Harvard Medical School, ear wax is a natural ear cleanser produced by glands in the ear canal to protect your ears from harmful dirt and other waste. No one knows why some people have more ear wax problems than others, according to the article.

Older adults with coarse, wiry hairs in their ears have more ear wax buildup problems than others, according to the University of Texas at Austin. Because some hearing aids are designed in such a way that wax cannot easily flow out of the ear canal, hearing aid users have more ear wax than non-users.

Ear wax removal tips

Cotton swabs are frequently used to remove ear wax buildup. Many medical experts advise against using this treatment, according to UC San Diego, because it can push wax deeper into the ear canal. It goes on to state that using wax-softening ear drops, which can be obtained at practically any pharmacy, is the easiest way to clean your ears.

To soften ear wax, the National Library of Medicine suggests using baby oil or mineral oil. With a small piece of cloth or tissue wrapped around your finger, you may simply remove the wax from the outer ear canal once you can see it.

The National Library of Medicine recommends consulting a doctor if you're having problems removing ear wax. A doctor can employ other irrigation procedures, as well as a curette or suction equipment, to remove ear wax.

Tips for hearing-aid wearers

Hearing aid users should have their ear canals inspected for additional wax every three to six months, according to the National Library of Medicine. Ear wax is responsible for 60 percent to 70% of hearing aid degradation, according to Harvard Medical School. If you wear a hearing aid, have your doctor check your ears for ear wax buildup at least once every six months.

Ear Wax Removal FAQs

  • How much does an ear wax removal cost in San Diego?

    Without insurance, an ear wax extraction in San Diego can cost between $40 and $110. If your insurance covers ear wax removal, you will typically only be responsible for a $5 to $75 copay.

  • Is ear wax removal covered by my insurance?

    Ear wax extractions and consultations with ENT specialists are sometimes covered by insurance, especially if your problem is severe. Book a consultation and check your coverage in the San Diego area today.

  • How can I book an ear wax removal in San Diego?

    Regardless of the kind of doctor you are looking for for an eye exam, Solv can help you book an appointment. Simply search for San Diego-area eye doctors, find a provider, and book the most convenient time for you. Be sure to include any pertinent issues you are dealing with and include “eye exam” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I make a same-day appointment for ear wax removal in San Diego?

    Same-day and next-day appointments for eye exams are available through Solv. Search for San Diego-area doctors, find a provider, and book an ear wax removal as early as today.

  • How do I find the top-rated ENT specialists in San Diego?

    Solv gathers reviews, ratings, and other data on San Diego-area ENT specialists to ensure the clinics provided meet our standards. Search for an ENT specialist, see what previous patients think, and book an ear-wax removal with a top-rated doctor today!

  • Who should get an ear wax removed?

    Individuals who are experiencing hearing loss, ear pain, leakage, or unusual coughs should book an appointment for an ear wax extraction.

  • Are video visits available with ENT specialists in San Diego?

    While a thorough ENT examination cannot be performed over video, your doctor can evaluate you or your child for most concerns, such as loss of hearing, ear pain, leakage or other basic concerns using telemedicine. They can discuss a care plan, prescribe ear wax softeners, and recommend an in-person visit if deemed necessary, all while you are safe and comfortable at home in San Diego.

  • Are video visits with ENT specialists covered by my insurance?

    Telemedicine ear wax removal consultation coverage will vary depending on your circumstances. Typically, if your insurance will not cover an in-person visit, it won’t cover similar appointments via telehealth. Since routine ENT consultations are usually covered by medical insurance, it is likely video visits with ENTs will be similarly covered.

  • If ear wax is removed, will my hearing improve?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, clearing the ear wax obstruction usually restores your hearing completely. Hearing loss is commonly caused by ear wax buildup and lasts until your ears are cleaned.

  • What will happen if I don’t clean my ears?

    You may develop an excessive amount of ear wax if you do not clean your ears on a regular basis. Pain or itching in the ear, ringing in the ear, and a feeling that the ear is full or clogged are all symptoms of too much ear wax, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the National Institutes of Health, if you do not clean your ears, you may experience odor or discharge from the ear, as well as hearing loss.

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