Ear Wax Build Up

Ear Wax build up

What is ear wax?

Ear wax is a naturally occurring substance called cerumen that is produced by glands inside the outer ear. Its role is to protect the delicate inner ear from foreign particles such as dust and bacteria. 

Cerumen is made up from an oily mixture of skin, sebum, and excretions from the ceruminous glands as well as some skin proteins and fatty acids. 

Normally, ear wax is naturally expelled from the ear through the movement of the jaw and nasal passages.

That said, some people may find their glands produce more ear wax than is necessary. This can lead to a build-up of ear wax in the middle ear. When this occurs, the ear canal can become blocked causing symptoms such as temporary hearing loss.

Signs you are experiencing ear wax build up 

Some of the signs that you may have excessive ear wax include:

  • temporary hearing loss
  • a feeling of fullness in the ear
  • tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)
  • ear ache

What causes ear wax build-up

How to treat ear wax build-up