Cerumen or ear wax is something we all deal with but rarely speak about. Yet, it has a very important job. Ear wax lines the ear canal to help protect your ears from water, bacteria, and other forms of debris by trapping and expelling it. Because of its beneficial nature, ear wax should not be removed, since under normal circumstances your ears are self-cleaning, but certain people have an issue with the overproduction of ear wax. While this condition is not considered to be a medical emergency, it can still affect the quality of your life.
Here are some of the common signs and symptoms associated with ear wax blockage:
• Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
• Muffled/Loss of hearing
• Itchy ear
• Ear pain
• Congestion or the feeling of fullness in your ear
• Drainage from the ear canal
While you generally only need to occasionally clean ear wax from the outer ear canal with a clean wash rag, sometimes you need the help of a physician to remove excess ear wax. If you often find yourself experiencing an ear full, try out these helpful ear wax blockage tips.