The ear naturally secretes ear wax or Cerumen to protect, lubricate and to keep debris out of the ear. In addition, cerumen helps to prevent the growth of bacteria. Under normal conditions, the body keeps the production of ear wax under control, so there should never be a buildup.
In the event that there is a buildup of ear wax, it can harden and cause a blockage, resulting in earaches, ringing in the ears or temporary hearing loss. The ear and the ear canals are sensitive. Removing ear wax or any foreign body should be a priority to avoid permanent damage.
If ear wax buildup is an issue, your doctor will first want to examine the ear with a device called an otoscope to confirm the diagnosis. The doctor will then perform an irrigation to remove the wax.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please schedule an appointment today.
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