Hearing health services
Earwax (also called cerumen) is produced inside your ear canal to gather and remove dirt, dust and dead skin cells; that’s why earwax slowly makes its way out of the ear.
It’s possible for the body to produce too much earwax but, most of the time, impacted earwax is a self-inflicted problem resulting from the improper use of cotton swabs. Pushing swabs into the ear can also push cerumen toward the back of the ear canal where it blocks sound from getting through. It can also attach to the eardrum, causing it to function poorly, which can cause ringing in the ears.
Here are a few signs that you may have impacted earwax:
- Muted hearing
- Plugged-up sensation in the ear
- Ringing, buzzing or hissing
Excess earwax is easy to treat.
- A softening agent is put into the ear canal
- Specialized tools are used to safely remove the earwax