Jefferson Health

Earwax Blockage

Earwax protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria. But when it accumulates in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally, a blockage occurs. You may experience an earache, ear noise (tinnitus), decreased hearing in the affected ear and/or feeling of fullness in the affected ear.

Treating Earwax Blockage

If earwax blockage is a problem for you, a Jefferson family doctor will look in your ear with an otoscope to see inside your ear for the blockage and remove the wax safely by using suction or a small instrument called a curette.

In some cases, however, you may be referred to an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) to remove the wax using microscopic visualization.