Earwax typically dries and falls out of your ear naturally, but sometimes things can get a little backed up.
Wax can build up in your ears due to a variety of factors — how your ears are shaped, the specific way your body makes wax, your age, the use of hearing aids or earplugs, and failed attempts to remove the wax. Using that cotton swab in your ear can actually push the wax farther down the ear canal, where it can get stuck and become impacted.
Watch for these symptoms of buildup:
- Decreased hearing
- Ear pain
- Itchy ears
- Feeling of fullness in the ear
- Ringing in the ear
Some signs an infection has developed include:
- Serious ear pain
- Draining from the ear
- Odor coming from the ear
Other Possible Complications:
- Perforated eardrum
- Infection in the middle-ear (air-filled space behind the eardrum)
- Temporary or permanent hearing loss
- Water retention in the ear canal
Be sure to see your doctor when you notice signs of earwax buildup. They’ll be able to expertly and safely clean the problem wax from your ears.
Ways a Doctor Can Remove Earwax:
- Scoop it out manually with special tools, such as a curette scoop
- Flush your ear with warm water, baking soda solution, or other irrigations or drops to break up the wax
- Gently use a suction tool to remove the wax from the ear
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