Ear Wax Build-Up Symptoms: What You Need To Know

If you have an excessive ear wax build-up, symptoms can be uncomfortable to live with, leaving you in need of ear wax removal. Some ear wax is essential – ear wax is a natural moisturiser and cleanser that helps to move any dirt that’s inside the ear canal outwards, while gathering up dead hair and skin cells during the process.

However, if you have too much ear wax, symptoms can arise, including ear ache, irritation, and a sensation of imbalance. Ear wax build-up symptoms can also include infections, and even loss of hearing in some cases. Read on to find out more about the symptoms of ear wax build-up, how to treat them, and how ear microsuction can help.

Excess Ear Wax Symptoms

The symptoms of ear wax building up in your ears can include muffled hearing and dizziness or other balance problems, potentially leaving you feeling disorientated.

Ear wax build-up symptoms can include the following:

  • An ear infection (e.g. if very impacted and water gets trapped behind the wax plug)
  • Ear ache
  • Itchiness
  • Ringing in the ear (also known as tinnitus)
  • Feeling of fullness in the ear
  • A sense of being unbalanced, which can lead to nausea and dizziness, or even vertigo
  • A cough – this may arise due to pressure from the blockage stimulating a nerve in the ear
  • A fault in your hearing aid
  • Muffled hearing or hearing loss

If you’re concerned about any of the above symptoms, we recommend seeking medical advice, whether that’s from your GP or via an Ear Care Lab consultation, where we can assess whether ear microsuction is the right choice for you. Take a look at our patient reviews to see how others have benefited from this ear wax removal procedure.

How To Treat Ear Wax Build-Up Symptoms

Although the symptoms of ear wax build-up can be irritating and uncomfortable, it’s important that you don’t put anything in the ear to try and clear your ear wax – this includes objects like cotton swabs. This can actually make the situation worse by pushing the ear wax further into the canal, potentially making your impacted ear wax symptoms even worse.

However, there are a variety of ways to treat ear wax symptoms, including via microsuction, with ear drops, and via ear syringing. Read on to find out more, and take a look at our advice for clearing blocked ears.

1. Microsuction Ear Wax Removal

Microsuction ear wax removal is becoming increasingly popular; it’s one of the most effective methods of removing ear wax and therefore of relieving ear wax symptoms. During microsuction, a specific suction device is inserted into the ear canal to remove ear wax. This is a painless and safe process that’s highly effective, and much more comfortable for the patient than ear syringing.

2. Ear Drops

If you have excess ear wax symptoms that won’t shift, ear drops may help to loosen the wax in your ears. It’s often recommended to use drops to loosen ear wax ahead of ear syringing, but it’s not absolutely necessary if you choose to undergo microsuction to relieve impacted ear wax symptoms instead.

3. Ear Syringing/Irrigation

Ear syringing, which is sometimes referred to as ear irrigation, is the most popular method for ear wax removal among GPs. Ear syringing is a simple procedure that involves using a pressurised flow of water to break down the ear wax. Although it’s a popular choice, it’s not as effective as microsuction in many cases.

How Microsuction Can Relieve Ear Wax Build-Up Symptoms

Microsuction ear wax removal can help to relieve ear wax build-up symptoms by removing excess or impacted ear wax from inside the ear canal, using a very small suction device. Ear microsuction is more gentle, safer, and more effective than other types of ear wax removal, including ear syringing and ear irrigation. Find out more about microsuction vs syringing.

By suctioning out excess ear wax, microsuction can unblock impacted ear wax and relieve ear wax symptoms.

Book An Appointment To Relieve Your Ear Wax Symptoms

If you’re experiencing ear wax symptoms that are causing irritation or impacting your day-to-day life, don’t put off contacting Ear Care Lab any longer. Book an appointment online or call us directly on 0208 004 7808. You can also check out our ear microsuction FAQs to find out more about the safest method of ear wax removal.

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