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in Portland, OR

Find a same-day appointment for ear wax removal in Portland. Top-rated local providers can get your ears cleaned out quickly.

Ear Wax Removal
in Portland, OR

Find a same-day appointment for ear wax removal in Portland. Top-rated local providers can get your ears cleaned out quickly.
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ZoomCare, Pearl District

ZoomCare

4.0(107 reviews)
202 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209202 NW 13th Ave
OpenTue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Portland Clinic - Downtown

The Portland Clinic - Downtown

800 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205800 SW 13th Ave
OpenTue 8:00 am - 8:00 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SunClosed
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DispatchHealth, Portland

DispatchHealth

4.8(37k reviews)
Mobile Urgent Care
Servicing the Portland areaAt home urgent care
OpenTue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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ZoomCare, NW Lovejoy

ZoomCare

3.75(6 reviews)
945 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR 97209945 NW Lovejoy St
OpenTue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I cannot say enough good things about this clinic. They're always on time, incredibly friendly and helpful. Each practitioner communicates with the next so the whole process is streamlined and easy. I went from barely being able to walk to being able to go through a firefighting physical agility test in just two weeks. They're amazing!
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Care Essentials by Kaiser Permanente, Pearl

Care Essentials by Kaiser Permanente

3.5(2 reviews)
1035 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 972091035 NW Northrup St
OpenTue 8:00 am - 8:00 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 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Legacy Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Pearl District

Legacy Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.5(23 reviews)
1244 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR 972091244 NW Marshall St
OpenTue 8:00 am - 8:00 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Providence ExpressCare, Pearl District

Providence ExpressCare

4.5(12 reviews)
1025 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 972091025 NW 14th Ave
OpenTue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Emergency Tooth Doctor Downtown

Emergency Tooth Doctor Downtown

4.0(31 reviews)
1505 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 972011505 SW Broadway
OpenTue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital Ambulatory Care Clinic, Good Samaritan

Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital Ambulatory Care Clinic

1015 NW 22nd Ave, Portland, OR 972101015 NW 22nd Ave
OpenTue 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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ZoomCare, NE Broadway and 6th

ZoomCare

4.0(24 reviews)
606 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232606 NE Broadway
OpenTue 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Mon 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 7:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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AFC Urgent Care, NW Portland

AFC Urgent Care

3.96(169 reviews)
25 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 9721025 NW 23rd Pl
OpenTue 8:00 am - 8:00 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 - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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ZoomCare, NW 23rd

ZoomCare

3.5(17 reviews)
1662 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 972101662 NW 23rd Ave
OpenTue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Auto & Work Injury Center

Auto & Work Injury Center

5.0(4 reviews)
3220 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 972273220 N Williams Ave
OpenTue 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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ZoomCare, East Burnside

ZoomCare

4.0(42 reviews)
2400 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 972142400 E Burnside St
OpenTue 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine

Sacred Vessel Natural Medicine

5.0(2 reviews)
2100 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 972322100 NE Broadway
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Legacy Health-GoHealth Urgent Care, Williams

Legacy Health-GoHealth Urgent Care

4.5(32 reviews)
3505 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 972273505 N Williams Ave
OpenTue 8:00 am - 8:00 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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ZoomCare, Mississippi

ZoomCare

3.0(33 reviews)
3872 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 972273872 N Mississippi Ave
OpenTue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Purely Health Clinic LLC

Purely Health Clinic LLC

3.0(2 reviews)
1305 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 972121305 NE Fremont St
OpenTue 8:00 am - 7:00 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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Providence ExpressCare, Interstate

Providence ExpressCare

4.0(8 reviews)
4340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 972174340 N Interstate Ave
OpenTue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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ZoomCare

ZoomCare

2.8(10 reviews)
3218 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 972323218 NE Broadway
OpenTue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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ZoomCare, Hawthorne

ZoomCare

3.47(88 reviews)
3325 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 972143325 SE Hawthorne Blvd
OpenTue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Ear Wax Removal FAQs

  • How much does an ear wax removal cost in Portland?

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

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

    Regardless of the kind of doctor you are looking for for an eye exam, Solv can help you book an appointment. Simply search for Portland-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 Portland?

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

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

    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 Portland.

  • 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.

Portland 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.

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Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Sep 25, 22

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