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Have you recently noticed that things are sounding muffled or has there been a low, persistent ringing in your ears? This could be caused by a build-up of ear wax.
There are degrees of discomfort that may be felt with ear wax build-up or blockage and it can be as variable as the amount of wax built-up and the length of time it has been building. Some symptoms that accompany an ear wax build-up include:
If you’re experiencing severe pain, drainage or an unusual odour coming from your ear, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. Your ear may be infected and must be treated by a health care professional to avoid further infection or permanent hearing loss.
Earphones and earbuds are extremely popular today and can also lead to ear wax build-up. If you frequently use earphones, then you should exercise some precaution and make sure to regularly clean your ears.
It should be noted that wax in the ear canal cannot cause ear infections on its own. Complications from inappropriate wax self-removal techniques can.
If you are experiencing significant pain or hearing loss, you may have an infection or something more serious going on that requires professional intervention. In that case, you should see a health care professional to fully resolve the issue.
While some people just produce more ear wax naturally than is needed, for most people there are a few simple things you can do:
Your ear health is important and removing excess ear wax can make improvements to your hearing and your overall health and wellbeing.
We’re here to help so if you have questions about improving or maintaining ear health for you or someone in your family, book an appointment with our team today and call us on 1800 693 277.