Ear wax (or ‘cerumen’) is a naturally occurring substance that is produced by the ceruminous and sebaceous glands of the outer ear canal. It protects the ear canal by lubricating, cleaning, and fighting bacteria.
Many people produce more earwax than is necessary or have a problem getting rid of it. As a result, the wax gradually builds up to form a solid mass instead of being disposed of in everyday life as normal. There are many reasons for this, including working in a dusty environment, overuse of headphones, hairy ear canals or just simple aging.
Another common occurrence is the overuse of cotton swabs or buds on the ears; much of the time, this can result in wax being pushed farther into the ear canal. This can result in serious complications.
If you experience any of the following, you are advised to contact one of our specialists as soon as possible: