Although earwax can cause hearing loss, it is not a common occurrence. The more likely cause of hearing loss is a gradual decline with age. You start to have difficulty communicating with others. That’s when people usually seek help.
Excessive earwax or what’s called cerumen impaction happens with narrow or abnormally shaped ear canals; advanced age; use of a hearing aid; or use of cotton swabs, hair pins, needles, or other objects to clean the ears. However, you absolutely should not stick anything in your ears.
It’s rare to have a total earwax blockage
Sound waves don’t need much of an opening in the ear canal to get through to the eardrum. If impaction does occur, there are usually other accompanying symptoms, such as ear fullness (a feeling that something is clogging up your ear), pain, itching, dizziness and/or ringing in the ears.
A hearing instrument specialist can help
An earwax blockage is easily treated. If you just need your ears to be cleaned, a hearing instrument specialist can help. For any questions about hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.