Ear wax, also known by the medical term cerumen,is a naturally producing substance that protects the ear canal and is secreted by glands inside the ear canal (ceruminous glands) which protects the skin of the human ear canal against bacteria, insects and water. Ear wax helps to filter dust, keeps the ears clean and protects the ear canal from any infections. As the skin of the ear canal sheds, the wax is carried to the outer part of the ear canal and is normally self-cleaning.
While ear wax typically passes out of the ear on its own, it can also build up inside the ears and cause a blockage. Some people simply produce more ear wax than others and others may have narrow or hairy ear canals. The ear canal may become blocked (impacted) if you attempt to clean the ear with a cotton swab, bobby pin, or a finger that will push the wax further and deeper into the ear canal. It is unsafe to use any of these foreign objects in your ear and you can cause a perforation (hole) in your eardrum.
If the inside of your ears are particularly itchy or if your ear hurts, it could be that you have some ear wax. Here are some signs that you may have a buildup of ear wax and that ear wax removal is necessary:
- Itchiness in the ears
- Fullness in your ears
- Sudden hearing loss/ plugged sensation in your ears
- An earache
- Tinnitus ( ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears)
Please keep in mind that you should never attempt to remove wax on your own and doing so can cause damage to your ears.
If you are in need of ear wax removal, consider visiting Premium Hearing Clinic, where our Audiologist is well trained to safely remove wax. The appointment only takes a few minutes and is painless. You do not need a doctor’s referral. Please feel free to call us at 905-563-0011 or fill out a contact form below.
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