Cerumen, also known as earwax, is a naturally produced substance that helps to lubricate the ear canals and protect them from dust and debris. It typically clears itself from the ears, but can sometimes accumulate and cause a blockage, particularly if you wear earmolds or hearing aids. Symptoms of a cerumen blockage include:
If a blockage occurs, it may need to be removed. This can be done at home, at a physician’s office, or at your hearing care professional’s office, depending on the size and severity of the blockage.
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