Our ears produce a natural substance known as cerumen, more commonly referred to as ear wax, which helps to prevent dust, debris and bacteria from reaching the inner ear.
It is important for the health of our ears that we produce ear wax, however, many people produce excess ear wax which can cause a variety of different issues and therefore removing it is sometimes necessary.
If you suffer from excess ear wax production, it may be worth considering having it removed via ear wax microsuction. One of the most common issues that occur from excess ear wax is a loss or reduction in hearing.
Impacted ear wax can be difficult to remove and has many different causes. It is important to remember to never try to remove ear wax yourself.
You should avoid inserting anything into the ear canal as it can push wax further down the ear canal or push it together, impacting it. You may also risk hurting yourself and even damaging your eardrum which can be very painful.
Those who already suffer with hearing difficulties may find it especially beneficial to have the excess wax removed as it can help hearing aids to work more effectively as well as help your ears to function better as well.
When wax builds up in the ear canal, it can block soundwaves from reaching the eardrum which reduces your hearing abilities. The ear canal is very narrow and therefore it doesn’t take much for it to become blocked.
Removing excess wax frees up the ear canal, allowing the sound waves to flow freely through the passage and to the eardrum, therefore increasing and improving the quality and clarity of your hearing.
This can also help to improve your hearing sensitivity. Sometimes wax will not entirely block your hearing, but it can make it more difficult. This means you may not notice your hearing is affected as only soft or quiet sounds are being blocked.
By removing the wax, you are increasing the range of sounds you are able to hear, therefore improving your hearing sensitivity.
Wax buildup can also cause a range of other issues unrelated to hearing. This can include discomfort or pain. The buildup of wax in the ear can cause pressure to build up behind the eardrum.
This can be uncomfortable and often painful and can leave you feeling as though you have blocked ears or give you a feeling similar to a headache.
In extreme cases, the buildup of wax can cause so much pressure that the ear drum itself can burst, which can be extremely painful. Removing the wax can alleviate the pressure and remove the risk of damage to the eardrum.
Wax buildup can also increase your risk of getting ear infections which can also be uncomfortable and painful. Infections in the ear canal can lead to swelling and inflammation, pain and can also contribute to temporary hearing loss.