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Tinnitus is a condition that causes the occurrence of ringing or other noises in one or both ears. It can be challenging for some people to determine why they experience tinnitus, as it can occur due to many reasons, such as noise-induced hearing loss, medication or medical conditions. However, if one has recently started to suffer from tinnitus, the problem may have something to do with earwax within their ear canal, says the tinnitus audiologist of Hearing Plus, a well-known hearing aid centre.

Tinnitus and earwax

Earwax is a substance made by glands in the ear, which protects the inside of the ear by acting as a filter, catching debris. The only necessary cleaning method for the earwax is the periodic wipe of the outer ear with a damp cloth. Pushing objects like cotton swabs into the ear can result in severe damage and pain.

Earwax generally does not cause any problem; however, some may experience impaction. Impaction is the build-up of earwax in the ear and the condition is often accompanied by tinnitus. Cleaning tools like cotton swabs and earbuds can push earwax back into the ear canal, causing a blockage. People who produce dry earwax might encounter build-up more frequently.

Symptoms of impaction

According to the audiologist, impaction comes with several symptoms, such as:

  • Loss of hearing
  • Earaches
  • Congestion of the ear
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Odour
  • Discharge

Treatment for earwax blockage

Earwax removal techniques are not meant to be done at home and should always be performed by a professional.

There are several methods used to remove earwax impactions. These could be harmful if done irresponsibly and only an experienced practitioner should perform the treatment, says the audiologist.

The treatment involves the use of earwax softening drops to soften the earwax. Then a micro-suction method is used to treat earwax blockage. The method consists of using a microscope to magnify the inside of the ear canal. The earwax is then removed utilising a small suction device.

Will tinnitus go away after removing earwax?

If the compacted earwax has caused the tinnitus, then yes, there is a possibility that the problem will be resolved by removing the wax.

If one has earwax build-up and tinnitus occurring around the same time, then there is a higher chance of earwax causing the issue.

Will tinnitus worsen after removing earwax?

A small number of people can find a momentary increase in their tinnitus after the treatment. It happens due to increased sound travelling through the ear canal after removing the blockage. But the increased sensitivity and tinnitus should resolve by themselves relatively quickly.

If you suffer from tinnitus, contact Hearing Plus, the best ear machine centre in Kolkata.