Ear wax is produced by the glands in the auditory canal. Although scientists are not sure why we have wax in the ears, it is believed that it is useful for protecting the ear from infections caused by dust and other small harmful particles that can easily penetrate the ear.
Normally, wax in the ears dries and falls, along with dust and other unnecessary and potentially harmful elements. All people have wax in their ears, but the amount is genetically determined. Narrow ear canals cause wax accumulation in the ears that can not be eliminated naturally.
The most common cause of ear wax formation is the inappropriate use of ear sticks. The second common cause is the constant use of hearing aids and headphones.
• Reduced hearing capacity
• Pain in the ears
• The presence of some noises in the ear
How to get rid of ear wax at home
If the eardrum is not damaged, the following self-care measures help to remove excess wax that can obstruct the auditory canal:
1) Apply a few drops of mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide into your ear (with a pipette) twice a day for 4-5 days. You will melt the ear wax.
2) Add warm water in a syringe that has a rubber band to one end and gently wash the ear canal. Tilt your head and grab your ear from the back top to straighten the ear canal. Then, bend your head outward to allow water to drain out of your ear. Do this procedure 2 days after you melted the wax (see paragraph 1).
3) Dry the auditory canal with a towel or a hair dryer.