15th August 2017

6 symptoms of ear wax build-up

Worried you may have an ear wax issue? A build-up of ear wax can be problematic, and it can bring with it a number of issues ranging from mild hearing loss to serious infections. It’s important to avoid unnecessary build-ups in order to prevent problems in the future. Here are six symptoms of ear wax build up that may indicate that something needs to be done.

1. Earache

There could be any number of signs of earache, from a dull ache to sharp pains felt in the ear itself, so it’s important to get to the bottom of the problem. As this is one of the more common symptoms of ear wax build-up, we’d advise you to book a free wax check at the earliest possible opportunity.

2. Hearing loss

If you’ve been struggling to hear conversations recently, or perhaps you’ve turned the TV sound levels up higher than usual, it would be a good idea to get your hearing checked. If the problems have been caused by a build-up of wax, the issue can be dealt with quickly and easily by the experts.

3. Tinnitus

One of the main symptoms of tinnitus is a regular buzzing or humming noise that comes from within. Although it’s a problematic condition, in many cases tinnitus can be treated with a minimum of fuss. Wax removal by either irrigation or micro suction will often provide the solution for tinnitus sufferers.

4. Itchiness

One of the most frustrating by-products of a wax build-up is a feeling of itchiness inside the ear canal. This often occurs in a location that you just can’t get to, so make sure you visit your local hearing centre so the experts can alleviate your symptoms. Remember, don’t put cotton buds or other items into the ear, as this can lead to further problems.

5. Vertigo

Our ability to balance is linked to our ears, and in some cases a feeling of dizziness can result from build-ups of wax. Most of the time, ear wax passes out of the ears in a natural way, causing no issues whatsoever. If it remains and builds up, however, a feeling of disorientation can result.

6. Ear infection

An infection in the ears can lead to a number of problems, including a feeling of itchiness, pain in the ears and even a discharge. It’s often the case that clearing the build-up of wax will be all it takes to alleviate the situation. If there is something more serious, you can arrange a comprehensive consultation with our hearing professionals.

What our clients say

Two members of my family have just received excellent advice and treatment at the Chichester Centre.

My husband for ear plugs advice and my 12 year old son, who has been suffering with excessive ear wax building up for the past year or so and being told by GP that can do nothing except keep putting drops in.

Within 15 minutes he had his ears safely unblocked, using micro suction and washing, something the GP said was not available. My son is like a different child and can actually hear again.

Thank You!

Mr J Llewellyn – Chichester patient