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Symptoms

  • Sudden hearing loss
  • Ringing or buzzing in the ear
  • A feeling of fullness
  • An earache

Quick fact

Half of the U.S. population suffers from some degree of ear wax impaction.

How serious is an ear wax blockage?

In addition to being uncomfortable, an ear wax blockage can also lead to an infection. When this occurs, you may experience:

  • Severe ear pain that does not subside
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Coughing
  • Dizziness
  • An odor
  • A fever

Treatment: Getting rid of excess ear wax at home

Soften the wax. A few drops of over-the-counter ear wax drops, mineral oil, baby oil, or hydrogen peroxide can soften the buildup so it’s easier for the body to remove.

Irrigate the ears. Irrigating the ears with an over-the-counter kit can be an effective way to dislodge impacted ear wax. However, do not attempt this process if you suspect an injury or ruptured ear drum, as doing so can result in hearing loss and infection.

More ear wax treatment options

FAQ: Can I use Q-Tips to clean my ears at home?

Never insert a Q-tip into your ear canal. Doing so can damage the delicate skin, introduce bacteria and puncture your eardrum. What’s more, many patients inadvertently push the wax in further rather than drawing it out.

What to expect at your doctor's appointment

If you are unable to dislodge your impacted ear wax at home, an experienced ENT can help. The extent of the blockage, along with any underlying problems, can be assessed during a quick examination at your doctor’s office. From there, your physician may use irrigation, suction or a curved instrument to remove the buildup.

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