I am asked this question all the time.
Earwax, also known as cerumen, is produced by the ceruminous glands in the ear canal. It serves several important purposes, including protecting the ear canal and eardrum from dust, debris, and potential infections. It also helps to keep the skin inside the ear canal moisturized.
Sometimes, however, earwax can accumulate and become impacted, causing it to feel like it's stuck in the ear. There are several reasons why this might happen:
- Narrow or Curved Ear Canals: Some individuals have naturally narrow or curved ear canals, which can make it more likely for earwax to become trapped and not naturally migrate out of the ear.
- Excessive Wax Production: Some people naturally produce more earwax than others. When there's an excessive amount of wax being produced, it can build up and become impacted.
- Improper Cleaning: Inserting cotton swabs or other objects into the ear canal to clean it can actually push the wax deeper inside, leading to impaction.
- Use of Hearing Aids or Earplugs: These devices can inadvertently push earwax deeper into the ear canal, especially if they're not properly fitted or used.
- Aging: As we age, the consistency of earwax can change, becoming drier and harder. This can increase the likelihood of impaction.
- Ear Infections or Inflammation: Infections or inflammation in the ear canal can disrupt the natural process of earwax migration and lead to impaction.
- Foreign Objects: Sometimes, small foreign objects can become lodged in the ear canal, preventing the natural expulsion of earwax.
When earwax becomes impacted, it can cause discomfort, pain, hearing loss, and even dizziness. It's important not to attempt to remove impacted earwax using objects like cotton swabs, as this can push the wax deeper and potentially damage the delicate structures of the ear canal or eardrum. If you suspect that you have impacted earwax, call Waxaxe, the ear wax removal specialists, on 07598 303877, and we can safely and effectively remove the wax using appropriate methods.