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Ear Wax Blockage: Symptoms and Treatment

Written by
Dr. Vaishali Mehta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jun 16, 2014 and last reviewed on Oct 15, 2018   -  1 min read



Ear wax is a very common cause of impaired hearing. It is commonly treated with a procedure called syringing.

Ear Wax Blockage: Symptoms and Treatment

Ear wax is a common problem seen in many people. Ear wax is a secretion of the glands present in your ear. Normally, only small amounts of wax are formed which gets expelled with the movements of the jaw. Some people form more wax which gets collected in the ear and causes problems.

Who Tends to Form More Wax?


If you have excessive ear wax build-up, you will commonly complain of difficulty in hearing and sensation of blockage.

Occasionally, there may be giddiness.

A person with wax may suddenly feel a complete block in the ear when water enters the ears and wax swells up.


The wax needs to be removed by an ENT specialist using a simple procedure called syringing. Your doctor may initially prescribe some ear drops to soften the wax. Following the softening, he will remove the wax with syringing or using instruments.


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