All About Earwax

Did you know that a small amount of wax in your ears is actually healthy? Earwax has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and it can help to prevent foreign bodies from entering your ear canal. Your ear canals are self-cleaning to a degree. The old wax is pushed out of your ear with new skin growth, similar to how a conveyor belt works.

There are several reasons why certain people build up wax more quickly than others. These reasons include:

  • Q-tip use: The Q-tip may bring some wax out, but most of it is pushed further in where it dries and becomes more difficult to remove
  • Small ear canals: A narrow canal will fill up more quickly
  • Hearing aids: Though necessary, hearing aids can prevent wax from fully working its way out of the canal, so hearing aid wearers often need regular checks of their ears by their audiologist
  • Genetics: Some people simply produce wax at a much faster rate than others
  • Age: As you get older, the wax tends to become harder and less mobile which leads to more frequent buildups

If you are prone to wax build up, you may need regular checkups to monitor for and remove excess wax. One of our certified audiologists can help by making recommendations for wax blockage prevention and, when necessary, by performing wax removal. For more information or to book an appointment with one of our certified audiologists, contact our clinic today.