One often overlooked cause of hearing loss is the excess buildup of wax in the ear. Ear wax can cause blockage in the ear canal which can result in temporary hearing loss.
Ear wax is normal and is produced by glands in the ear canal. Ear wax is actually very beneficial to your hearing health. It protects the ear by trapping dust, bacteria, and foreign particles preventing them from entering and damaging the ear. Ear wax also helps protect the delicate skin of the ear canal from becoming irritated when water is in the canal. The wax usually makes its way to the opening of the ear, where it falls out or is removed by washing.
In some people, the glands produce more wax than can be easily removed from the ear. This extra wax may harden in the ear canal and block the ear from hearing. More commonly, wax may block the ear canal if you try to clean the ear with a Q-Tip and accidentally push wax deeper into the ear canal.
You may have excess ear wax buildup if you experience earaches, a sensation that the ear is plugged, or you feel your hearing has decreased.
To learn more about ear wax, how it can effect your hearing and what to do to prevent it, call (858) 240-4722 or visit https://northcountyaudiology.com.