Ear Wax: Friend or Foe?
posted by The Live Better Team | May 27, 2016
For those who suffer from it, hearing loss is no laughing matter. It affects around 48 million Americans – one out of every five – to some degree, the Hearing Loss Association of America reports. You probably associate hearing loss with aging. However, it could be due to something the body produces naturally: ear wax.
Wax has several roles in ear health:
Coating the ear canal to moisten it
Preventing dirt, dust, and additional debris from going too deep inside the ear
Sensation of fullness
A plugged feeling
Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
Discharge from your ear
Odor from your ear
When you attempt to clean ear wax with probes like cotton swabs, twisted napkin corners, or hairpins, you’ll probably just push the wax in even deeper. This might cause a blockage against your eardrum.
A commercial irrigation kit
Weakened immune system
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.