What you need to know about earwaxCerumen in ears can get impacted but mostly normal Learn how to safely clean your ears, remove impacted earwax, and find out what your earwax says about you. 2021 931 What you need to know about earwax https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/52679-What-you-need-to-know-about-earwax
Of all the substances our bodies excrete, earwax has to be one of the most mysterious. What possible reason could our ears have for producing this waxy substance? Medical professionals may not yet completely understand all of its properties, but they are certain of its protective nature. To understand more, we’ve assembled some interesting facts about earwax—and why you shouldn’t be so hasty to remove it.
What is earwax?
Earwax, known medically as cerumen, is a naturally occurring sticky substance in the outer ear. Earwax contains oil and sweat mixed with dirt and dead skin cells.
Why do people have earwax?
It’s hard to believe something so unappealing can be so important to your ears' good health, yet being sticky and smelly is exactly why a normal amount of ear wax is beneficial. Consider these attributes:
Impacted earwax buildup: How to remove
Even though earwax has its benefits, blockages can cause conductive hearing loss. If you develop a sensation of stuffiness in your ears and suspect earwax is the culprit:
Your earwax says a lot about you
Although most everyone’s ears produce earwax, that’s where the similarity ends. Its composition varies from person to person, depending on their ethnicity, environment, age and diet.
Two types of earwax
There are two primary types of earwax—wet and dry:
Normal earwax colors
Even the color of your cerumen can say a lot about you:
Do I have too much earwax?
Usually, the body knows exactly how much earwax to produce. As long as you maintain a healthy diet, have good hygiene and move your jaw (think chewing and talking), your ears will naturally expel excess earwax, dirt and debris without any intervention.
Don't remove earwax unless it's problematic—or you risk making it worse
In fact, when you make a habit of removing earwax, that sends a signal to your body to make more, creating an excess which can interfere with hearing, put you at greater risk for developing ear infections and other complications.
Stress and fear can also accelerate earwax production. That’s because the same apocrine glands that produce sweat also produce cerumen.
Others who have a tendency to produce too much earwax include those:
How to clean your ears
While your ears are self-cleaning, there are a few things you can do to keep them clean and free of excess debris: