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What is an ear wax blockage?

Ear wax is produced by glands in the ear to trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from reaching, and potentially damaging, the eardrum. Normally, the wax dries up on its own and falls out of the ear, along with any trapped dust or debris. The amount of ear wax produced varies greatly from person to person and some people have ear canals that are smaller than average or shaped in a way that makes it difficult for the wax to fall out of the canal. This can cause an ear wax blockage. Blockages can also occur when the wax gets pushed deep into the ear canal through use of Q-tips and other objects which can remove superficial wax but push the rest of the wax deeper into the ear canal.

What are the symptoms of an ear wax blockage?

Common symptoms of an ear wax blockage include decreased hearing, ear pain, a plugged feeling in the ear, ringing in the ear, dizziness, or itching or drainage from the ear canal.

What is the treatment for an ear wax blockage?

Visit a Healthcare Clinic location for an evaluation of the ear wax blockage and safe removal of the blockage by washing the wax out or using a small instrument to remove the wax.

This treatment is available at Healthcare Clinic locations for patients 18 months and older.

Walk in or schedule an appointment at the Healthcare Clinic nearest you.

If you believe you have a medical emergency,  please call 911.

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