Hearing aids and earwax

Should we dig our ears to remove earwax?

Hearing aids and earwax

Many of us search for cotton buds when we go shopping. That feeling in your ear when it feels blocked, can get annoying, or maybe you are just in the habit of cleaning your ears for personal hygiene. Sometimes a build up of earwax can affect your hearing and, in some cases, you may already be suffering from hearing loss. The best way to find out how to restore your hearing and your quality of life is to ask a good, professional hearing care consultant, like Clariti.

Earwax blocks

Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may include:
  • Earache
  • Blocked feeling in the ear
  • Ringing or noises in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Hearing loss
  • Itchiness in the ear
  • Pain or infection in the ear
Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may signal another health condition that needs attention. Untreated buildup of earwax can lead to hearing loss. Your ear canal and eardrum are delicate and can be damaged easily so earwax removal is most safely done by a professional doctor. Myths about earwax are too ingrained to be easily dispelled by facts and many people wonder, should we be digging our ears to clear earwax?

Self-cleaning ears

It may come as a surprise to many that your ears are self-cleaning. According to research by Harvard University no routine cleaning is required for your ears. If you have been using cotton swabs to remove earwax, or stop it from building up, you may have been wasting your time! Earwax is produced within your ear canal and naturally migrates from inside your ears outwards. This means you shouldn’t try to remove earwax yourself by putting anything in your ear canal, like a cotton swab. Inserting cotton swabs can damage your ears or push earwax further into your ear canal making it harder to remove.


Earwax, or cerumen in medical terms is good for you because it;
  • prevents bacteria and other infectious organisms from reaching your inner ear
  • is a natural moisturizer, preventing the skin inside the ear from becoming too dry
  • absorbs dead skin cells and debris
  • traps dirt and dust before they can reach deep into the canal
A good, professional hearing consultant, like Clariti, can quickly diagnose your hearing issues and advise you on solutions. If hearing loss is an issue then we will be able to diagnose and suggest suitable hearing aids from our range of premium brands that will resolve your hearing issues and restore your quality of life.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free hearing check and consultation with one of our professional hearing care consultants at Clariti. We’ll do a videoscope to allow you to see for yourself if your ears are blocked by earwax. At Clariti, we help you to hear well to live well.


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