What happens if you push earwax too far?

Here at Ear Wax Care, one piece advice that we give to all of our customers as it applies to every individual is not to use cotton ear buds to clean out their ears. This is for two important reasons. Firstly, the ears are in fact self-cleaning, so there is no real reason to use a device to remove earwax. Through normal jaw movements, such as talking or chewing, old earwax is moved out of the ear canal. Secondly, using cotton ear buds can actually damage the eardrum or increase earwax build-up. Instead of removing the wax, they will push the wax further into your ear and cause serious damage to the lining of your ear canal or eardrum.

If earwax is pushed too far into the ear, then earwax blockage (cerumen impaction) can occur. This can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms such as hearing loss, a feeling of fullness in the ear, earache, ringing sounds (tinnitus).

If you have used a device to remove earwax from your ears (such as cotton ear buds, your fingers, or bobby pins), and you are experiencing the previously mentioned symptoms, then you do not need to worry. You can do something about it to remove the build-up! Firstly, you may use an at home treatment of olive oil, which takes about 2 weeks to take full effect. Alternatively, you may choose to get in touch with a member of our team here at Ear Wax Care to find out how we can help!

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