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Earwax Blockage

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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.