Earwax blockage occurs when earwax (cerumen) accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally. Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your body's defenses. It cleans, lubricates and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.
Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may include Earache, Feeling of fullness in the affected ear, Ringing or noises in the ear (tinnitus), Decreased hearing in the affected ear, Dizziness, Cough. earwax blockage can be determined by looking in your ear with a special instrument that lights and magnifies your inner ear (otoscope). Excess wax can be removed by using a small, curved instrument called a curet or by using suction while inspecting the ear. Your doctor can also flush out the wax using a water pick or a rubber-bulb syringe filled with warm water. If earwax buildup is a recurring problem, use a wax-removal medication, such as carbamide peroxide (Debrox, Murine Earwax Removal System). Because these drops can irritate the delicate skin of the eardrum and ear canal, use them only as directed.
Dry cerumen shows an ‘intermediate frequency’ among populations from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands and South Africa. However, in our clinical practice, the dry form seems to be rare among Asians living in North America or Europe. Rather, they seem to express the wet form. Further studies in Asians living in North America or Europe are needed to confirm or deny this clinical impression. 2% and 6% of the general population suffers from impacted cerumen