Can Earwax Removal Improve Hearing?

Can Earwax Removal Improve Hearing?

Wax or Cerumen is the way you know that substance that is generated inside the ears and that in rare cases usually generates a blockage at the level of the eardrum, blocking the ear canal.

Earwax's function is to protect the ear from particles of dust, sand or other substances that could reach the eardrum and damage it. It is healthy in normal quantities and acts as a temporary water repellent. The absence of earwax can result in dry ears and itching in the external auditory canal.

Should It be Cleaned?

Never! It is best to always go to an Earwax Doctor specialist in Otorhinolaryngology since the introduction of devices such as cotton swabs, pins, needles or other objects only pushes the earwax inward and even damages the skin of the duct, which is usually very fragile and thin.

Most of the time the ear canal cleans itself, it is a slow and orderly process of migration from the eardrum towards the ear, constantly the old earwax is transported out of the ear where it dries, forms flakes and is expelled.

The most viable indication is that whenever you feel the sensation of a blockage accompanied by low hearing, you should go to a specialist to perform washing, aspiration and extraction of the wax with special instrumentation. 

Ringing in the Ears Caused by Earwax

When earwax builds up to the point of forming a blockage, it can also cause tinnitus. The plug will even irritate the eardrum or almost completely block the ear canal, which results in hearing loss. Since the brain receives few or no (auditory) signals at all, it invents sounds to stay active. Tinnitus caused by excess earwax is fortunately easy to treat: you also just need to remove the plug.

Typical Symptoms of a Blocked Ear

Excess earwax can also bring its share of negative consequences. If you've ever suffered from excess earwax, you know that the feeling is far from pleasant. Different symptoms are observable:

  • The feeling that the ear is “filled”
  • Fluid that oozes from the ear (also called “ear discharge”);
  • Hearing loss;
  • Itches;
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

It is therefore not surprising that many people resort to means such as ear candles, cotton swabs or ear cleaners sold in pharmacies to remove earwax. Checking whether these Earwax Removal methods are really effective for cleaning your ears is, however, a completely different question.

When should You Consult an ENT Doctor?

Earwax can be a nuisance to the ear and to allow you to hear properly. It is therefore advisable to see an ENT:

  • If the earwax plug does not come out naturally: the plug does not come off after a few days despite the use of ear cleaning spray.
  • If certain symptoms persist after removal: the plug has been removed, but the patient still has tinnitus or hearing loss.
  • If the earwax blockage is accompanied by other symptoms: such as fever, itching or severe pain in the ear, sudden complete hearing loss, or discharge (more or less clear liquid) in the ear canal or some blood.

Conclusion

Removing a stubborn earwax plug at home is not a particularly complicated task. However, everyone is different, and you need to make sure your eardrums are not damaged. Once again, getting any liquid (olive oil, mineral oil, ear drops, water, etc.) into the middle ear is extremely dangerous and can lead to infection. 

If you try to remove the clog and are unable to do so, you should seek professional help. Earwax Doctor Professionals use methods similar to home remedies, except they have better tools and knowledge.

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