Can Earwax Cause My Tinnitus?

Q:
Can earwax cause my tinnitus?

A:
Your body produces earwax to protect your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.

However, when too much earwax piles up, it becomes too hard to wash away naturally. Then it can lead to hearing loss or ringing in your ears. That is how you get tinnitus.

Your doctor can help you remove it gently. It is not recommended that you try to do it on your own.

Key word: ear wax tinnitus

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