Ear Wax Self-Treatment

Ear wax is also called cerumen. It is a normal secretion of the ceruminous glands in the outer ear where it provides protection by stopping dust, dirt or foreign bodies entering the ear canal. Wax is slightly acidic, which provides natural protection from infection.

A build-up of wax is more likely to occur in older adults, hearing aid users or people who insert devices into their ears.

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Ear Wax Self-Treatment

File type: application/pdf Review date: October 2022