Earwax Blockage

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Wax blockage in the ear is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses earwax blockage and how to tell when its time to get help.

Dr. Hill:

Earwax blockage occurs when earwax accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally.

Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your bodys defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.

Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may include:

Earache

Feeling of fullness in the affected ear

Ringing or noises in the ear

Decreased hearing, and

Dizziness,

Having signs and symptoms, such as earache or decreased hearing, doesnt necessarily mean you have wax buildup. Its possible you have another medical condition involving your ears that may need attention.

Wax removal is most safely done by a doctor. Your ear canal and eardrum are delicate and can be damaged easily by excess earwax. Dont try to remove earwax yourself with any device placed into your ear canal.

Children usually have their ears checked as part of any medical examination. If necessary, a doctor can remove excess earwax from your childs ear during an office visit.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.