Waxing and Waning: Knowing the signs of earwax buildup.

Knowing the signs of earwax buildup, also known as cerumen impaction, is a common condition that occurs when the wax produced by the ear canal builds up and becomes too much to clear naturally. The following are the common symptoms associated with earwax buildup:


Ear pain is one of the most common symptoms of earwax buildup. As the wax accumulates in the ear canal, it can put pressure on the eardrum, which can cause discomfort or pain.


Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear that is not related to any external source. It can be a symptom of earwax buildup because the wax can cause irritation to the eardrum or the ear canal, which can result in a ringing sensation.

Reduced hearing

Earwax buildup can cause a partial or complete blockage of the ear canal, leading to a reduction in hearing. The blockage can prevent sound waves from reaching the eardrum, resulting in muffled or decreased hearing.


Earwax buildup can also cause itching in the ear canal. The excess wax can irritate the skin in the ear canal, which can cause discomfort and a persistent urge to scratch the ear.


In some cases, earwax buildup can cause dizziness or vertigo. This is because the inner ear plays a crucial role in balance, and any disruption to its function, such as blockage due to wax buildup, can lead to dizziness or vertigo.


Earwax can trap water and cause ear infections by creating a moist environment that promotes bacterial growth. When water enters the ear canal, it can become trapped behind the earwax, leading to inflammation and infection. Symptoms of an ear infection caused by trapped water and earwax buildup include pain, swelling, redness, and discharge. To treat the infection, it is essential to remove the excess earwax and dry the ear canal and often follow up with antibiotics.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention. Our team of specialist ear nurses are trained to identify the underlying cause of your symptoms and to clear your ears of accumulated wax and moisture. Call us now on 09 200 14 12 to book an appointment.