Earwax serves an important role in protecting our hearing health. It works to keep dust and dirt from damaging the eardrum and prevents bacteria and fungi from forming in the ear canal. Even though earwax serves a protective purpose, too much of it can cause hearing loss, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and ear pain. Problems with earwax can be perpetuated by using cotton swabs as they could push earwax deeper into the ear. Typically, a healthy ear is self-cleaning (meaning wax should fall out on its own) but if there is a large wax build up it should be removed by a healthcare professional.
It may be time for a hearing test if you are concerned that wax could be negatively impacting your hearing. Schedule an appointment at our office for a comprehensive hearing evaluation so that we may accurately determine the reason behind your hearing loss.