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Why have I got a wax blockage?

Ear wax problems can be caused by a variety of factors, you may have never had a problem before and 'suddenly' you do, or you'll have had issues with ear wax your years or even your whole life, either way, why is it happening?

Here are some of the causes...

Excessive ear wax production: Some people naturally produce more ear wax than others.

Irregular ear cleaning: Not cleaning your ears regularly or cleaning them improperly can lead to a build-up of ear wax.

Using cotton swabs or other objects to clean your ears: Inserting foreign objects into your ear canal can push ear wax deeper into your ear and cause blockages.

Wearing hearing aids or earbuds: These devices can push ear wax deeper into the ear canal and cause blockages.

Skin conditions: Certain skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis can cause an overproduction of ear wax.

Structural abnormalities: Structural abnormalities such as narrow or twisted ear canals can make it difficult for ear wax to exit the ear canal properly.

Lifestyle: Some people work in dusty environments, wear headphones, or sleep with ear plugs, these can all play a part in how impacted or dry our wax becomes.

Colds, virus or allergies: We can have an increase in wax production when we have had a cold, virus or suffer with allergies such as hay fever.

You may only have one, or all of the above issues. Often people will get a sudden blockage which can be very disorientating and stressful, however in nearly all of these cases, a problem has been developing over a longer period of time before it's discovered.

Book in for a consultation today to have a full ear assessment and find out more about your ear health and have any wax or debris removed professionally by our Registered Nurse

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