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Ear Wax Removal
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Getting built up ear wax removed is quick and easy with Solv. Find and book same day and next day appointments at participating providers in South Carolina. You could be in and out in under an hour and have your ears feeling better and hearing clearly.

Ear Wax Removal
in South Carolina

Getting built up ear wax removed is quick and easy with Solv. Find and book same day and next day appointments at participating providers in South Carolina. You could be in and out in under an hour and have your ears feeling better and hearing clearly.

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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

900 Assembly St, Columbia, SC 29201900 Assembly St
OpenWed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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AFC Urgent Care

AFC Urgent Care

2.0(13 reviews)
3304 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 292043304 Forest Dr
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Doctors Care, Forest Acres

Doctors Care

2.0(9 reviews)
4500 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC 292064500 Forest Dr
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

2401 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC 291692401 Sunset Blvd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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MEDcare Urgent Care, West Columbia

MEDcare Urgent Care

1.2(18 reviews)
110 Medical Cir, West Columbia, SC 29169110 Medical Cir
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

We use this facility on a regular basis. Either for sports physicals, ear aches, or sprains. They've always been very helpful, accomodating and professional. Will use them again before going to the Emergency Room or waiting on a doctor's office to make room for us to be seen.
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Doctors Care, Augusta Road

Doctors Care

4.0(3 reviews)
2836 Augusta Rd, West Columbia, SC 291702836 Augusta Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Love Dr. Honig, he listens to his patients, something rare nowdays. Have been to see him several times and he always takes care of my problem. Great doctor.
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MEDcare Urgent Care, Garners Ferry

MEDcare Urgent Care

2.39(14 reviews)
7418 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC 292097418 Garners Ferry Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I’ve taken my son here after school at times because of my work schedule and they are always accommodating & helpful
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Doctors Care, Columbia East

Doctors Care

1.0(4 reviews)
7653 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC 292097653 Garners Ferry Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Doctors Care, Seven Oaks

Doctors Care

2.8(10 reviews)
100 Jimmy Love Ln, Columbia, SC 29212100 Jimmy Love Ln
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Palmetto Health Urgent Care

Palmetto Health Urgent Care

1.0(0 reviews)
100 Palmetto Health Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29212100 Palmetto Health Pkwy
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Doctors Care, Hope Ferry

Doctors Care

2.1(10 reviews)
5224 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 290725224 Sunset Blvd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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LMC Urgent Care

LMC Urgent Care

2.0(4 reviews)
7035 St Andrews Rd, Irmo, SC 292127035 St Andrews Rd
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

1008 Lake Murray Blvd, Irmo, SC 290631008 Lake Murray Blvd
OpenWed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Spring Valley Family & Urgent Care

Spring Valley Family & Urgent Care

229 Longtown Rd, Las Vegas, SC 29229229 Longtown Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • SatClosed
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

5608 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 290725608 Sunset Blvd
OpenWed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Doctors Care, Northeast

Doctors Care

2.0(5 reviews)
10040 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 2922310040 Two Notch Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Walmart, Supercenter

Walmart

5.0(1 reviews)
10060 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 2922310060 Two Notch Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

My family has used the Walmart Care Clinic several times. I always come away impressed with the amount of professionalism this facility presents and the level of care they offer. We will continue to use the Walmart Care Clinic due to its convenience. Thanks for offering great services and great prices for healthcare.
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MEDcare Urgent Care, Spring Valley

MEDcare Urgent Care

2.33(6 reviews)
10136 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 2922910136 Two Notch Rd
OpenWed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

1.0(1 reviews)
1071 S Lake Dr, Lexington, SC 290731071 S Lake Dr
OpenWed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

1.5(3 reviews)
4310 HardScrabble Rd, Columbia, SC 292294310 HardScrabble Rd
OpenWed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Ear Wax Removal FAQs

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

    If you don't clean your ears regularly, you may develop an excessive amount of ear wax. The National Institutes of Health lists pain or itching in the ear, ringing in the ear, and a sense that the ear is full or clogged as signs of too much ear wax (NIH). If you do not clean your ears, you may have odor or discharge from the ear, as well as hearing loss, according to the NIH.

  • Should I do anything to prevent a buildup of ear wax?

    You don't need to do anything to keep ear wax from accumulating. However, if ear wax does build up, you should remove it yourself or get it removed by a medical professional to avoid hearing loss and ear discomfort, according to the National Library of Medicine.

  • What symptoms can be caused by too much ear wax?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, too much ear wax can produce symptoms such as earache, fullness in the ear, tinnitus, and partial hearing loss.

  • Does it hurt to remove ear wax?

    Ear cleaning procedures for removing ear wax should not be painful. If you're having trouble eliminating ear wax, the National Library of Medicine suggests consulting a medical practitioner for assistance

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

    According to the National Library of Medicine, if the ear wax obstruction is cleared, your hearing will usually return entirely. Ear wax buildup usually causes transient hearing loss that lasts until your ears are cleaned.

  • How often should I remove wax from my ears?

    Your ear wax should naturally come out when your body no longer requires it, according to the National Institutes of Health. It goes on to say that you should only clean your ears if you have symptoms of too much ear wax or if you can see wax near the end of the ear canal.

  • Is removing ear wax costly?

    According to the National Institutes of Health, the cost of removing ear wax varies depending on the method used. Based on your budget and income, your healthcare professional may be able to propose the best ear wax removal procedure for you.

  • Where can I get ear wax removed in South Carolina?

    Your primary care physician or a specialist who specializes in ear, nose, and throat health can remove ear wax. To find nearby providers of this service, use Solv to find an ear wax removal service and book an appointment for the same-day or next-day.

South Carolina Ear Wax Removal

Ear wax shields your ears from dirt, bacteria, and other microscopic particles that might irritate your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Too much ear wax, on the other hand, might clog your ear canal and cause hearing loss. Knowing how to remove ear wax in a safe and effective manner can help you protect your hearing and ear health.

About ear wax — why do we have ear wax?

Ear wax is a natural substance that protects your ears by collecting microscopic debris such as dust and bacteria that may otherwise enter and harm them. Ear wax also protects the sensitive skin inside your ear canal from water-related discomfort, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Ear wax collects dead skin cells, debris, and hair as it flows from the inside of your ears to the outside of the ear canal. Ear wax has antibacterial and antifungal characteristics, according to Harvard Medical School, making it an efficient natural ear cleanser. It goes on to say that if your ears don't create or contain enough ear wax, they'll be itchy and painful.

Treatment of a common ear condition

According to the National Library of Medicine, removing ear wax can help you prevent and avoid hearing loss. Most cases of ear wax buildup, according to the National Library of Medicine, can be treated at home using procedures that soften the wax so it can be readily removed or washed out. It goes on to say that in some cases, you may need to seek medical assistance to avoid hurting your ears or triggering an infection.

Hearing loss caused by ear wax buildup is usually transitory and goes away once the blockage is removed, according to the National Library of Medicine. Hearing loss that persists after removing ear wax should be evaluated and treated by a doctor.

The side effects of excessive ear wax

According to the National Library of Medicine, excessive ear wax can cause ear discomfort and hearing issues. Ear pain, the sense of blocked ears, and tinnitus (inner ear noises) are all frequent adverse effects of ear wax buildup, according to the National Library of Medicine. You may also have a partial hearing loss that worsens with time.

The development of ear wax

Cerumen is another name for ear wax. According to Harvard Medical School, it is a mixture of secretions from sebaceous glands and sweat glands in the outer ear canal's walls.

When you chew or chat with your jaw, the secretions pass through the inner ear canal and into the outer ear canal, where they dry out and flake. According to Harvard Medical School, this permits older ear wax deposits to flow out or be removed more readily from your ears..

Where wax comes from

Ear wax is a natural ear cleanser produced by glands in the ear canal to protect your ears from dangerous dirt and other debris, according to Harvard Medical School. It goes on to say that no one knows why some people have greater ear wax problems than others.

According to the University of Texas at Austin, older people with coarse, wiry hairs in their ears have higher ear wax buildup difficulties than others. Hearing aid users have more ear wax than non-users, owing to the fact that some hearing aids are constructed in such a way that wax cannot readily move out of the ear canal.

Ear wax removal tips

Cotton swabs are commonly used to remove ear wax accumulation. According to UC San Diego, many medical specialists advise against employing this procedure since it can push wax deeper into the ear canal. It goes on to say that the easiest approach to clean your ears is to use wax-softening ear drops, which can be found at almost any pharmacy.

The National Library of Medicine recommends using baby oil or mineral oil to soften ear wax. Once you can see the wax, you can easily remove it from the outer ear canal with a small piece of cloth or tissue wrapped around your finger.

If you're having trouble removing ear wax, the National Library of Medicine suggests seeing a doctor. Other irrigation methods, as well as a curette or suction equipment, can be used by a doctor to eliminate ear wax.

Tips for hearing-aid wearers

The National Library of Medicine recommends that people who use hearing aids have their ear canals examined for extra wax every three to six months. According to Harvard Medical School, ear wax is responsible for 60 percent to 70% of hearing aid degradation. If you use a hearing aid, have your doctor examine your ears at least once every six months for ear wax buildup.

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Sep 25, 22

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