However, trouble can occur when earwax becomes pushed down into the ear canal and impacted, usually by a foreign object such as a cotton swab or a hearing device. A blocked ear canal can cause hearing loss, vertigo, ringing in the ears, earaches and infections. Earwax can also accumulate in hearing devices, resulting in problems with performance.
When cleaning the ears, wash the external ear with a cloth, but do not insert anything into the ear canal. To remove excess earwax that is causing blockage, try placing a few drops of mineral or baby oil into the ear, or use commercial earwax removal drops. However, if earwax buildup is preventing normal hearing, don’t try to remove it yourself. Instead, contact a hearing professional who will use the proper instruments or employ suction to remove the earwax.
Earwax buildup on a hearing device not only damages the instrument, but can block sound and/or cause the hearing device to not fit into the ear canal properly, leading to feedback. To remove earwax from your hearing aids, use a hearing aid cleaning kit that includes a wax pick and brush, and follow the directions carefully. You should also routinely visit your hearing professional for clean and check appointments.