What Is Ear Wax?

Everyone has ear wax, but what exactly is it and why do we have it?

Ear wax – otherwise known as cerumen – is a waxy oil substance that is created by the body which resides within the ear canals. It plays a fundamental part in keeping our ears safe. With antibacterial and lubricating properties, it prevents infections and damage to the ear canal by preventing dust, debris and small objects from entering. It also protects the delicate skin of the ear canals from irritation when water enters.

Everyone has ear wax, it is an important component in our bodies and is often not a cause for concern. Although, a build-up of ear wax can cause health complications so it is important to not forget to prioritise your ear health. Side effects can include earache, tinnitus, and even partial hearing loss, so it’s advised to take preventative measures to avoid this.

A buildup of ear wax commonly occurs when a person attempts to clean their ears themselves using a cotton earbud. Doing so is strongly discouraged as this usually pushes the wax deeper rather than removing it; which is why it is best to leave it to the professionals.

Getting ear wax removed by qualified audiologists is important if you want to prioritise your health. The process is safe and quick and will leave you with the peace of mind that you have taken a proactive approach to improving your health.

Contact us today on 0330 1334 882 for more information and a friendly member of our team will be happy to assist you with any queries. Alternatively, you can contact us via our online form

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