Cerumen, or earwax, is produced by glands within the ear canal to lubricate and protect the ear from debris. Certain situations and conditions can cause these glands to overproduce cerumen in the ear, resulting in blockages that can disrupt hearing and cause inflammation or pain.
Symptoms of a cerumen blockage include:
- Earache or tenderness of the ear
- A sensation of pressure in the ear
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ears (also known as Tinnitus)
Despite their common usage, Q-tips are not effective tools for clearing out excess cerumen in the ears. In fact, they can actually worsen the accumulation by packing the cerumen in deeper into the ear canal. Other over-the-counter earwax removal systems can also prove to be ineffective for serious blockages.
At Hearing Aid Professionals, we’re fully equipped to deal with all types of cerumen blockages. Sam’s expertise with the various causes of excess cerumen production can also help to guide you away from another blockage in the future. If you’re dealing with the discomfort of earwax buildup, contact us today to find the relief you need!