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2913 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 276092913 Wake Forest Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.79(529 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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AFC Urgent Care, Raleigh Midtown - 2913 Wake Forest Rd
Juan is fantastic. The staff are polite and caring. I have never had anything but great experiences here. Thank you!!!

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4100 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 276094100 Wake Forest Rd
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
4.65(3.7k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Raleigh (Wake Forest Rd) - 4100 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh
Staff were professional and kind.  Check in was easy and efficient!

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8841 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 276158841 Six Forks Rd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
4.79(320 reviews)
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PM Pediatric WakeMed Childrens Urgent Care, North Raleigh NC - 8841 Six Forks Rd
We have come to this Urgebt Care twice and received excellent care both times. First, our son had a bad allergic reaction to an insect bite resulting in full body hives. The staff was quick to see him, communicated well throughout, and explained all options and follow up clearly. Our second time required several stitches for our son and the staff was again great in navigaing difficulties.

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2007 Walnut St, Cary, NC 275182007 Walnut St
Open until11:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
4.86(1.4k reviews)
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PM Pediatric WakeMed Childrens Urgent Care, Cary NC - 2007 Walnut St
Long wait time, understandably, it was busy, and the front desk person called me on my phone and asked us where we were...I told her that we were in one of the examination rooms, waiting for the doc, they forgot that we were there. The staff otherwise were great, the EMT/manager was super helpful, and the doctor was a high-quality guy...it was a great experience overall.

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1110 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 275111110 Kildaire Farm Rd
Open until 2:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
4.7(3k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Cary - 1110 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary
Not what I expected, I got fast, friendly and professional care! Other facilities I’ve tried in the past were terrible. NextCare is 50 miles from where I live but totally worth the drive. Dr. Chan was awesome

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2200 Treelight Wy, Wendell, NC 275912200 Treelight Wy
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.89(653 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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AFC Urgent Care, Wendell - 2200 Treelight Wy
I appreciate how friendly everyone is, and I was comfortable with the care I received. I wish there was more than one PA on duty because that’s why the wait time was long. I could tell she was doing the best she could on a busy day, though.

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1125 Hatches Pond Ln, Morrisville, NC 275601125 Hatches Pond Ln
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
4.81(1.1k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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PM Pediatric WakeMed Childrens Urgent Care, Morrisville NC - 1125 Hatches Pond Ln, Morrisville
We had a really nice experience from the front desk to the designated room, shoutout to Ms Liz for the awesome and fun time and making everyone, especially the young kids, feel comfortable!

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1298 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina, NC 275261298 N Main St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.88(4.7k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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AFC Urgent Care, Fuquay - 1298 N Main St
Scheduling an appt and being seen on time is great! My take in nurse needs way more training or oversight. She missed pivotal questions that another nurse had to follow up on twice.

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6400 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 277136400 Fayetteville Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.54(212 reviews)
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AFC Urgent Care, Southpoint - 6400 Fayetteville Rd
Came in to the urgent care with an online appointment scheduled. I have been here several times. I have insurance, which was verified by the office, but the front desk girl said I was required to have a credit card on file but couldn’t tell me why. She did say it would be on file in your system for FIVE years. Not only does that seem to be a crazy ask with verified insurance, she could explain why the card was needed or why it would be on file for years. Makes me question things for sure…. The provider was great but first impression needs improvement.

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5234 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 277125234 N Roxboro St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
5.0(6 reviews)
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Carolina Urgent Care, Durham - 5234 N Roxboro St

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1840 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 275141840 M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.89(642 reviews)
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Carolina Urgent Care, Chapel Hill - 1840 M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Satisfied all around with my experience here!

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101 Lattner Ct, Morrisville, NC 27560101 Lattner Ct
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.72(2.2k reviews)
This clinic is rated highly in patient reviews and ratings

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Carolina Primary Care / Apollo Urgent Care - 101 Lattner Ct, Morrisville
It was nice,the staff were very friendly.overall I like to visit Carolina primary care .

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2340 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 276152340 Spring Forest Rd
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh - 2340 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh

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6840 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 276126840 Glenwood Ave
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Glenwood Ave, Raleigh - 6840 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh

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13304 Leesville Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 2761713304 Leesville Church Rd
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Leesville Church Rd, Raleigh - 13304 Leesville Church Rd, Raleigh

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131 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601131 S Wilmington St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.92(4 reviews)
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2731 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 276042731 Capital Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:15 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:15 am - 4:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
3.63(8 reviews)
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4450 Fayetteville Rd, Raleigh, NC 276034450 Fayetteville Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
3.08(6 reviews)
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2406 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 276072406 Blue Ridge Rd
Open until 5:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
1.0(1 reviews)
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2500 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 276072500 Blue Ridge Rd
3.98(53 reviews)
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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 Raleigh?

    Without insurance, an ear wax extraction in Raleigh 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 Raleigh area today.

  • How can I book an ear wax removal in Raleigh?

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

    Same-day and next-day appointments for eye exams are available through Solv. Search for Raleigh-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 Raleigh?

    Solv gathers reviews, ratings, and other data on Raleigh-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 Raleigh?

    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 Raleigh.

  • 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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