Amplifon can help you recognise a earwax buildup by identifying its symptoms, but we advise you to consult an ENT doctor who will address you to the most appropriate treatment.
Earwax is a kind of yellow, orange or brown "wax", produced by specific glands called ceruminous, in the ear canal. This secretion plays an important role in ensuring the hygiene of the ear canal, cleaning all that can obstruct or interfere with its proper functioning: bacteria, dry skin, etc. A earwax blockage is an when earwax gets impacted in the ear canal.
Many symptoms may indicate the formation of impacted earwax. It is possible to feel a decrease in hearing, buzzing, tinnitus or even vertigo. Some people also feel pressure in one or both ears, while others have a feel ears full or clogged. Finally, it's important to prevent any irritation, itching and obviously pain in the ear canal.
You should not be afraid to go to the ear, nose and throat doctor - especially if a plug has already formed.
Anyone who is already in pain can have their earplugs removed by a doctor. You can read above how this works. Anyone who has had a plug more often because they are predisposed to it, usually recognizes at an early stage when a new one is forming.
Have an ear wax plug removed by a specialist is not risky at all, on the other hand, never try to remove the earplug yourself with chopsticks or sharp objects. The risk of injury and the risk of pushing the wax plug deeper into the ear are big.
Whether there is a tendency towards plug formation has something to do with the consistency of the ear wax. If there is rather liquid ear wax in the ear, an infection and incorrect ear care with cotton swabs can increase the risk of a plug.
If the wax has become dry and sticky because the ear was unable to remove it properly, plugs form more quickly. By the way: hard or soft ear wax is a question of genes. For example, completely dry ear wax is quite normal for people from East Asia. Europeans and Africans are more likely to have moist earwax from birth.
It is not essential to get rid of cerumen, whose presence is natural, and beware of cotton buds. The earwax, when it is close to the outer ear, can be removed once a week maximum, especially not going further than the length of the little finger. Pass the little finger covered with a damp cloth or handkerchief in your ears or, in the shower, just let a stream of warm water flow inside.