Earwax, known as cerumen, is part of the ear's natural process to keep dust and dirt from reaching the eardrum. Normally, dust and dirt are trapped in the earwax, which works its way out of the ear naturally. Skin in the ear metastasizes out of the ear by about a millimeter a day, which carries debris out of the ear naturally. But some people experience a build up of earwax, which causes a blockage that reduces hearing. Hearing aid and earplug users have a higher incidence of earwax blockage than other. However, using a cotton swab to clean your ear can also contribute to earwax build-up by pushing wax further into the ear canal.. (It is recommended that you do not use a cotton swab to clean your ear as it may pierce the eardrum).
Symptoms of earwax blockage include decreased or muffled hearing, dizziness, ear pain or ringing in the ears. Wax-softening drops and irrigation of the ear with warm water are two home remedies. For more difficult cases, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with Mr. Walker to remove your ear wax build up.