Ear wax (cerumen) is produced by glands in the ear canal and may help to maintain ear health by preventing dust and foreign objects from reaching the eardrum. Ear wax typically falls out of the ear as it dries, along with any trapped debris. However, blockage of the ear canal can sometimes occur. Self-management of ear wax using objects such as Q-tips and bobby pins is common but doing so risks damage to the ear canal or eardrum and blockage of the ear canal is common with attempted self-management.
Symptoms of earwax blockage may include decreased hearing, dizziness, ear pain, feeling of blockage, and/or ringing in the ear. People who wear hearing aids and earplugs are also susceptible to earwax blockage. Earwax may block the hearing aid or cause an audible whistle.
If you suspect your ear canals are blocked with wax, schedule an appointment for wax removal. You may be asked to treat your ears with a natural oil prior arriving for your appointment.