Ear wax (cerumen)
The ear canal produces cerumen, which is a slightly acid and antibacterial barrier that protects the skin of the ear canal. The cerumen and old skin of the ear canal together make what we know as ear wax. Our day-to-day activities of chewing and talking, as well as the migration of the ear canal skin from the inside out, help the ear canal clean the wax naturally. In most cases, cotton swabs or other devices are not needed to keep the ear canal from being blocked with wax.
Some people do suffer from impacted cerumen. Symptoms of impacted ear wax include itchy ears, muffled hearing, ear pain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), and sometimes even dizziness. There are many ways to remove ear wax, but the safest and most reliable method is removal by an ENT specialist. At The Voice Clinic we can investigate whether your ear problems are due to impacted wax and then safely and effectively remove the wax from your ear canal. We can also help you prevent further buildup from occurring