Earwax is a substance that is naturally found in the inner ear, which protects it from bacteria and other particles or organisms that can harm this delicate area. In addition, the wax acts as a natural lubricant for the ear and ear canal. But there comes a time when it accumulates in large quantities, which can cause discomfort for some as well as irritation, dizziness, loss of hearing, a feeling that there’s something stuck in the ear, and itching. That’s why you need to periodically clean your ears to remove excess earwax.
WHAT CAUSES EARWAX TO BUILD UP?
Before we talk about the ways you can remove excess earwax at home, it’s important to know what’s causing the discomfort from your earwax buildup. Earwax can become annoying or irritating when it forms a blockage within the ear canal. This blockage usually occurs when you use cotton swabs like Q-tips on a regular basis to clean your ears, forcing earwax to be pushed deeper into the ear canal and build up.
People who regularly wear earplugs or the popular earbud headphones are also at ahigher risk for the excessive accumulation of earwax.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
When there’s too much wax built up in your ear, you’ll probably experience some of the following symptoms:
- Itching inside the ear canal
- Feeling like your ears are full or plugged up
- Ringing in the ears
- Drainage coming from the ear canal
- Diminished hearing