What To Do About Earwax (Cerumen)

Did you know that earwax can become compacted and press against your eardrum, causing difficulty hearing or ringing in the ears?

Earwax (cerumen), a waxy substance secreted in the ear canal, is there for a reason — to clean and protect the skin of your ear canal from debris, bacteria, and water. Despite your best efforts to clean it out, wax can build up in your ear canal, harden and become stuck. Using a cotton swab can make the situation worse by pushing the wax in deeper. You can’t feel this buildup, but it can lead to temporary hearing loss. 

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