How much earwax does the average person have?

When it comes to bodily substances, earwax is one thing which is really not spoken all that much about, and therefore many people don’t really know that much about it. As earwax, also known as cerumen, is a substance which is naturally removed from the ears, there are very few reasons for people to question the state of their ears, as it usually is not a cause for concern. However, one thing that you may wonder about is what is a normal amount of earwax for the average person to have.

Cerumen has a number of positive factors and is produced and found in the ear canal for the purpose of protection against bacteria, dirt, and water, and for lubricating the ear canal.

It is hard to give a quantitative amount of how much earwax is normal for an individual. This is because the amount of earwax which is “normal” will depend upon how wide / narrow an individual’s ear canal is, how hairy it is, and the rate at which wax is removed from the ear canal.

Generally, a good indication for a normal amount of earwax is if earwax is not causing any issues for an individual. In other words, a sign that you may have too much earwax is if you have symptoms such as hearing loss, ringing sounds in the ears (tinnitus), a feeling of fullness, and other symptoms. Alternatively, if you don’t have enough earwax, then your ears may feel itchy.

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