Earwax Might Be Causing Your Problem
Sometimes, hearing loss is temporary and can be fixed with a quick office visit.
Can It Be Earwax?
Earwax Plays An Important Role
For different reasons, earwax can become impacted inside the ear canal and block the eardrum. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms of hearing loss but don’t think it’s appropriate for your lifestyle or age, we can check to see if earwax might be causing it.
What is Earwax?
Earwax plays a very important part in protecting and preserving your ear canal’s functions. It’s a waxy substance that can be thin or thick, depending on its location and buildup. Inside the ear canal, it’s secreted to protect the delicate and thin skin that lines the passageways, preventing bacteria and debris from entering and causing infections. Even when you attempt to regularly clean it out from the outer part of your ear, it can become built up in the canal and become stuck. This usually happens because of Q-tips or cotton swabs, which can actually push the earwax further in. Earwax can also build up in the ear canals if you wear hearing aids or in-ear headphones. If this happens, you’ll have to have it professionally cleaned out.