The Hearing Dr – What is Cerumen?

Cerumen (Ear Wax) is a necessary, waxy material that helps provide a protective coating for the sensitive ear canal skin. Ear wax has been said to have some antifungal and antibacterial properties. It also provides moisture to the ear canal. Serving as a deterrant, no bugs will want to set up house in a waxy ear!

What causes my ears produce so much Cerumen (Ear Wax)?

Some things we think might use can actually cause the ear to produce more wax. Conditions such as stenosis (narrowing of the ear canal), overgrowth of hair in the canal, and hypothyroidism can cause ear wax to become built up in the ear. Using items such as cotton swabs/Q-tips, wearing hearing aids, and the aging of the skin and loss of elasticity can also lead to excessive cerumen!

These are some problems caused by Cerumen Impaction (a build up of ear wax).

  • Hearing Loss
  • Otitis Externa- bacterial or fungal
  • Coughing
  • Fullness or ear pain
  • Vertigo and/or Tinnitus
  • Heairng Aid problems such as feedback

Your age can make a difference in wax…Read More  or Contact The Hearing Dr for more information.

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