Earwax Blockage: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment


Earwax BlockageEarwax is produced by the glands in ear canal. Thought scientists are not sure why we have this; the purpose of it is to trap the dusts and other particles and checking them from reaching, damaging or infecting the eardrum. Generally, wax dries and falls out of ear. But in some cases, it becomes difficult to remove it. Oddly or smaller shaped ear canals actually make the wax hard to be removed from canal and that leads to wax impaction.

Impaction or blockage even occurs when wax gets deeply pushed with ear canal. The blockage affects six percent people and is the most common problems that ENT specialists see. The cause of impaction is the use of Q-tips that removes superficial wax and pushes rest of it deeper in the canal. Earplug users and people who wear hearing aids in Bulleen are also quite prone to earwax blockage.

The symptoms of earwax include decreased hearing, ear pain, dizziness and ringing in ear. Consult a doctor if you think you have any of these symptoms. However, there are even other conditions, which can cause these symptoms and thus it’s essential to be sure that wax formation is the culprit before trying out any remedies. A doctor is the best person who will be able to diagnose earwax blockage. He will first ask you about the symptoms and then will have a look at your ear with ear-scope.

The most common method of treatment that a doctor uses for removing the wax blockage is that he asks his patients to put wax softening drops to the affected ear for a few days. After it gets softened he asks the patient to visit his clinic again and then he makes use of a bulb-kind of syringe to flush the ear wax with warm water. The water is generally at a body temperature to prevent dizziness from happening. The doctor sometimes also uses a small plastic spoon for removing the wax.

Earwax blockage can be prevented by avoiding use of Q-tips or cotton-tipped buds and such other objects which push wax deeper in the ear canal.

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