About Ear Wax
WHAT IS EAR WAX?
Ear wax is produced naturally by tiny glands in the ear canal, and normally forms a thin film as part of the ear’s natural cleaning system. Ear wax is important for keeping our ears healthy and clean, protecting against infection.
Earwax usually falls out on its own. If it does not and blocks your ear, put 2 to 3 drops of olive oil in your ear twice a day for a few days. A ready made olive oil spray Earol can be effective. *Do not use drops if you have a hole in your eardrum (a perforated eardrum)- discuss that with our team.
Some people find the use of Otex (hydrogen peroxide based) or Earex (sodium bicarbonate solution) can help. Always read the label.
The earwax should fall out on its own or dissolve after about a few weeks especially at night when you are lying down.
There is no evidence that ear candles or ear vacuums get rid of earwax.
Seek help if your ear has not cleared after a few days.
If your ear is badly blocked and you cannot hear anything (you can get an infection if it is not cleared)
Preventing Earwax Build-up
You cannot prevent earwax. It is there to protect your ears from dirt and germs.
But you can keep using ear drops to soften the wax. This will help it fall out on its own and should prevent blocked ears.
Causes of Excessive Ear Wax
You might have earwax build-up because:
You just have more wax in your ears – some people do naturally
You have hairy or narrow canals (the tubes that link the eardrum and outer ear)
Of your age – wax gets harder and more difficult to fall out
Of hearing aids, earplugs and other things you put in your ear – these can push the wax further in