Hearing Loss Topic Guide
Hearing Loss: Hearing loss can have a variety of causes both physical and neurological. Infection can also affect hearing. Medical treatment depends on the cause, but people can help prevent hearing loss by wearing ear protection in noisy environments, promply treating ear infections, and never inserting foreign objects into the ear canal(such as cotton swabs).
Earwax (Excess Buildup and Blockage)
Earwax, or cerumen, is a substance produced by the glands in the outer ear. Earwax has a purpose, and that is to trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from potentially damaging the eardrum. Causes of earwax buildup, blockage, or impaction include using Q tips or other objects to remove earwax. Symptoms of earwax buildup or blockage include
Home remedies, over-the-counter (OTC) medication (drops), and excess earwax buildup and blockage removal by your health-care professional are treatments for earwax buildup.
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