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Can earwax buildup cause hearing loss?

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Normally, your ears will clear wax out on their own. If you use cotton swabs to clean them, you may be pushing in the wax deeper, so it gathers and gets stuck. That’ll make it hard for you to hear.

Home treatments work well in most cases. Put a few drops of mineral oil or baby oil in the ear to help wax work its way out. You can also buy drops at the drugstore that soften ear wax.

See a doctor if home treatments don’t work or if you have diabetes. They can remove earwax safely with medical tools or flush it out with water or saline.

From: Can My Hearing Loss Be Reversed? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health: “Age-Related Hearing Loss.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

The University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Hearing Loss Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Earwax and Care.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Cerumen Impaction.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Sudden Deafness.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health: “Age-Related Hearing Loss.”

National Institute on Aging: “Hearing Loss.”

The University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “Hearing Loss Treatment.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Earwax and Care.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Cerumen Impaction.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Infection and Hearing Loss.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Sudden Deafness.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 11, 2017

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