Earwax Buildup

What is earwax impaction?

Earwax also known an cerumen is produced by glands in the ear canal. Although scientists are still not completely sure why we have earwax, it does trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from reaching and possibly damaging or infecting the eardrum. Normally, the wax dries up and falls out of the ear, along with any trapped dust or debris. Everyone’s ears produce ear wax, but the amount and type are genetically determined just like hair color or height. Smaller ear canals may make it difficult for the wax our ears make naturally to get out of the canal. This can lead to wax impactions. 

Symptoms of an earwax impaction include:

Decreased hearing
Ear pain
Plugged or fullness sensation
Ringing in the ear


If you are suffering from blocked ears or suspect that there is excess wax in your ears please book a an appointment with our Audiologist 


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