The Surprising Link Between Ear Wax and Tinnitus: How to Get Relief

Written by Mr Awajimijana Otana

Awajimijana Otana is the Director of Audiology at Verified Hearing. He leads the team of audiologists who provide you the 5-star hearing service you experience each time you visit us. His professional body (The British Academy of Audiology) has recognised him with national awards for his exceptional contribution to the clinical practice and research within Audiology in the UK.

January 18, 2023

Are you suffering from a constant ringing or buzzing in your ears?
Tinnitus can be a frustrating and annoying condition, but did you know that ear wax may be a contributing factor?
In this blog post, we’ll delve into the connection between ear wax and tinnitus and provide some tips on how to find relief.

First, let’s define tinnitus

Tinnitus is a perception of sound in the absence of any external source. It can manifest as a ringing, buzzing, or humming noise and can be constant or intermittent. Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors, including hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, and certain medications.

Now, let’s talk about ear wax

Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a natural substance produced by the glands in the ear canal. Its main function is to protect the ear from foreign particles, such as dirt and bacteria, and to keep the ear canal moisturized. Ear wax is typically harmless, but it can sometimes build up and block the ear canal, leading to hearing difficulties and other symptoms.

So, how does ear wax cause tinnitus?

When ear wax builds up and blocks the ear canal, it can create a physical barrier that prevents sound waves from reaching the eardrum. As a result, the brain perceives this lack of sound as a ringing or buzzing noise, which is tinnitus. In addition, the pressure caused by a blockage of ear wax can also lead to tinnitus.

Conclusion: What to do if you feel ear wax is causing your tinnitus

If you suspect that ear wax is causing your tinnitus, it’s important to seek medical attention. At Verified Hearing, our team of professionals can safely remove ear wax and determine the root cause of your tinnitus. Don’t let ear wax continue to plague your hearing and quality of life – visit us for a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan.

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