The Truth About Ear Wax Buildup Caused by Earbuds
For so many of us, earbuds have become a daily accessory, enabling us to enjoy music, take phone calls, or simply relax. However, there is a growing concern about the impact of earbuds causing wax buildup and whether earbuds push ear wax into the ears.
We will explore the relationship between earbuds and ear wax build-up and provide tips for preventing and dealing with this modern issue.
Understanding Ear Wax
Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a natural substance produced by the ear. Ear wax plays an important role in protecting the ear canal by trapping dust, dirt, and other particles that can harm the ear. Ear wax also helps to lubricate the ear canal, preventing dryness and irritation.
The normal amount of ear wax produced varies from person to person, but it is typically removed naturally through jaw movements such as talking and chewing via the ears own ‘self-cleaning mechanism’. However, excessive ear wax buildup can lead to various symptoms, including earache, itching, and hearing loss.
Do Earbuds Increase Ear Wax Buildup?
Earbuds can cause ear wax buildup in a couple of ways. Firstly, the pressure the earbuds apply to the ear canal can cause the earbuds to push earwax further into the ear, leading to blockages.
Secondly, the way earbuds block natural airflow can also contribute to ear wax buildup. This can be exacerbated by using earbuds for extended periods without taking breaks.
Preventing Ear Wax Buildup Caused by Earbuds
Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to prevent earwax buildup caused by earbuds. It is essential to take regular breaks when using earbuds for extended periods. This allows the ear to rest and recover, reducing the risk of ear wax buildup.
It is also important to use earbuds that fit properly. Earbuds that are too small or too large can cause discomfort and increase the risk of ear wax buildup. Additionally, cleaning earbuds regularly can prevent the buildup of bacteria and ear wax.
Dealing with Ear Wax Buildup Caused by Earbuds
If you experience symptoms of ear wax buildup, it is important to seek professional help.
There are several methods for removing excess ear wax. Earworx recommended the use of use of ear wax softening drops and microsuction.
- Ear wax softening drops can be used to soften ear wax, creating a gap to relieve symptoms. These may not be used if you have a known hole in the eardrum or have grommets. Please seek GP advice before administering.
- Micro-suction is the safe, gentle and effective technique that involves using a small vacuum to remove ear wax. This is the method used at Earworx clinics by our highly skilled Registered Nurses.
Earworx Are Here To Help
Ear wax buildup caused by earbuds is a common issue that can lead to discomfort and hearing problems. By taking steps to prevent ear wax buildup and seeking professional help, you can enjoy the benefits of using earbuds.
Remember to take regular breaks, use earbuds that fit correctly, and clean them regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria and ear wax.