Earwax is a harmless substance produced by the ears to keep them clean and germ-free. If there is a build-up of wax that can’t be cleared, you may experience symptoms such as difficulty hearing or hearing loss, earache, tinnitus (a high or low-pitched ringing or buzzing sound inside the ear), vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation), itchy ears, or recurring ear infections.
Different treatments are available for earwax buildup, depending on your specific needs and your doctor’s evaluation of your case. Possible treatments that the doctor may recommend include ear drops to soften the wax buildup, ear irrigation (an electric pump is used to wash the ear canal in a simply and painless procedure), microsuction, or the use of an aural toilet, a small device which can clean the ear and remove wax.
Some common causes of earwax build-up include the natural production of especially hard or dry wax in the ear, and unusually narrow ear canals or canals that are very hair. Increasingly dry ear wax is a natural symptom of old age, so ear blockages tend to be more common in the elderly. Hearing aid use may also increase earwax blockages.
No. It is never recommended to put cotton buds in your ears. They can compound existing wax and push it further into the ear canal, creating a blockage or making an existing blockage worse.
The best course of action is to speak to a doctor, who can help you understand why your ears are becoming frequently blocked, and figure out regular methods and treatments that will help you.