Earwax Build-up

Earwax Build-up

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Do you have difficulty hearing? do you use cotton buds to clean out your ears? here are a few reasons why you may have difficulty in hearing and why you shouldn’t use cotton buds.

Earwax is produced to keep your ears clean and free from germs. It usually passes out by itself, but sometimes it can cause a problem by building up.

What causes earwax build-up?

  • being elderly (earwax becomes drier with age)
  • some people naturally produce lots of wax
  • having narrow or hairy ear canals
  • if you frequently insert objects into your ear canal like cotton buds/ear plugs/hearing aids

If you have earwax build up it can cause some symptoms for example, ear ache, hearing loss, itchiness, vertigo, ear infections, tinnitus, these problems normally improve once the build-up has been removed.

If your ears are blocked dont try and remove the build-up yourself, you can buy some ear drops from a pharmacy or some researchers have found that using a few drops of warmed olive oil can soften the wax in the ear making it easier to leave the ear. (after adding the olive oil , lie down with your ear against a towel and let the oil and wax drip out)

Anyone in the medical field can tell you, they have seen many catastrophes resulting from using cotton swabs. From punctured eardrums to super impacted wax, there are many negative consequences associated with “do-it-yourself” ear cleaning.

If you are experiencing wax or dirt build-up in your ears, contact your medical care professional for instructions on how to safely clean your ears.


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