What happens if earwax is not removed?
If your ears are producing normal amounts of earwax, nothing will likely happen if it isn’t removed. You shouldn't need to remove earwax at all, as it acts as a natural barrier for your ear canal, trapping dust, dirt, and bacteria and preventing any injuries to the delicate area.
However, if you do have an excess or a buildup of earwax, if it’s not removed it can cause several symptoms such as irritation and hearing loss, while it can also become impacted.
Impacted earwax is common, especially in older adults, as wax becomes harder as we age, and can be caused by several issues - from certain skin diseases such as eczema to wearing hearing aids. Impacted ear wax can cause a range of symptoms, either in one or both of your ears, including:
- Trouble hearing
If you’re concerned about your earwax and are looking for some advice on how to remove it, book an appointment with our specialists today or give us a call at 0345 270 1600 to chat with our team.