I looked through this entire forum and I can't find any information regarding what the procedure would be like that my audiologist I went to told me she wanted to do on me. Most people here say to drop oil. But the way the audiologist spoke to me, it seemed like she wanted to do something more "professional". :S
Your audiologist wanted to charge you to clean your ears because, basically, if there's a lot of ear wax or it got impacted the removal is a fairly involved process. That crud has to come out before the impression material can go in. Removal is an added service, so the extra $70 for it seems reasonable to me.
To clean your ears yourself: Go down to your local drug store and get a bottle of Debrox or whatever cheaper house-brand version the store offers.
A couple days before your appointment, start using it, following the instructions to the letter. After each use (if you use it more than once), clean the outer ear and outermost part of the ear canal only with a Q-tip to dry the ear. Let your ears dry thoroughly before you put any IEMs back in.
I've noticed that when I spend time in major cities, my ears start producing a whole lot more wax than usual. I think it's the pollution.
Since I'm going to be booking an appointment in the next few days, whats a good product for cleaning out all the wax in your ears? I really don't want to book an appointment only to have to reschedule due to wax buildup. Also, can anyone tell me what would make the perfect bite block just in case the audiologist doesn't have one? Right now I'm comtemplating buying a pack of cigarettes and using that as a bite block.
Probably too soft. The bite blocks I've seen are hard plastic. When you book the appointment, ask if they have bite blocks. They probably do, even if they don't usually use them.
Edited by ardgedee - 12/1/12 at 5:13am