What Causes ear wax build up?

Also known as cerumen, ear wax is an oily substance produced by the glands lining the ear canal which protects the sensitive inner ear from foreign objects such as dust or microorganisms. 

The ear naturally expels cerumen through the movement of the jaw, in actions such as talking and chewing; however, some people produce more ear wax than others. When this happens, an excess or even blockage of cerumen can occur in the ear leading to some irritating and sometimes painful symptoms. 

Other excessive ear wax causes include attempting to clean the ear with cotton swabs or a finger.  Indeed, many people don’t realise that the shape of the ear canal makes it difficult to manually clean and inserting a foreign object into the ear is not recommended as it can push the wax further into the ear causing a blockage.  

Likewise, you are also more likely to experience excess ear wax if you regularly use hearing aids or headphones.

Symptoms of excessive ear wax?

Occasionally, ear wax can build up and harden in the ear canal, causing problems if not effectively treated. Some symptoms include:

  • temporary hearing loss
  • ear ache
  • tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • dizziness

Luckily, ear wax build up can be easily and effectively treated with a couple of doses of WAXSOL. 

If you experience any of the below symptoms, the ear could be infected so see your doctor immediately:

  • sharp pain in the ear or ear ache
  • a discharge from the ear
  • an odour coming from the ear
  • fever or headache
  • continued hearing loss
  • noises in the ear - such as buzzing or humming
  • vertigo