What is Ear Wax?
Wax (or Cerumen) is produced by glands in the ear canal. It is an important part of the ear’s natural defence because it has natural lubricating properties and contains an anti-bacterial agent to help prevent infections. Because it is sticky and moist, it helps to trap foreign bodies and debris. Wax only forms in the outer third of the ear canal and usually, slowly works its way out of the ear, bringing debris with it-rather like a natural cleaning system for the ear.
When does wax become impacted?
Wax is most likely to block the ear canal when it is pushed into the ear-canal by cotton-buds, hairpins, paperclips and other objects that people put in their ears. The most recognisable symptom is partial loss of hearing but other symptoms include itching, coughing, ringing, fullness and sometimes pain. Wax should only be removed by trained professionals and is not a DIY job. Don’t be fooled by Ear Candles either. Before prodding a hole in your eardrum or dripping hot wax on your face, or even setting alight the curtains, have your wax removed by a professional – it’s cheaper in the long run.
What to do if you have a wax build up
If wax builds-up, your ears may feel dry, itchy or painful and you might experience some hearing loss. If so a couple of drops of olive oil in the ear canal can help to soften the wax. Repeat the process 2-4 times a day and call us for an appointment. Our registered Clinical Ear Practitioners can remove it for you safely and painlessly at a cost of £60. Call 0161 491 1943.