What Causes Ear Wax Build Up?
The ear naturally expels ear wax 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 causes of excessive ear wax 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.
Similarly, you are also more likely to experience excessive ear wax if you regularly use hearing aids or in-ear headphones.