What do you call the wax that are found in your ears?
Let me shock you
They are not.
They are known as ear wax.
According to Wikipedia Earwax, also known by the medical term cerumen, is a gray, orange, or yellowish waxy substance secreted in the ear canal of humans and other mammals.
It protects the skin of the human ear canal, assists in cleaning and lubrication, and also provides some protection against bacteria, fungi, insects, and water.
This then means that it is totally normal for your ears to produce this ear wax, it helps in lubricating your ears. You need it more than you know.
• It protects your ear canal and eardrum from foreign materials such as dust, bacteria, and other micro-organisms which might cause more health issues.
• No need to worry about cleaning but the ear cleans itself.
This happens when you chew and and move your jaw. The old ear wax at this time, moves through the ear canal and flakes off. See Cleveland clinic.
But what you shouldn’t do when it’s in excess.
1. Ear Candling
This is not advised. Even the FDA frowns against it. As it is believed it can cause burns, wax blockage, and punctured eardrums.
2. Using cotton swabs can, ear piece on your ear, and hearing aids, can increase ear wax in the ear and when blocked by these swabs and others, can lead to hearing loss. This is because they push the wax down the eardrum.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide: if used when there’s no serious problem, could be harmful to the ears.
So, What should you do?
If your earwax isn’t blocking your ear canal or causing symptoms like hearing problems, you should just leave it alone.
But if there’s a blockage
Visit your doctor. He will know what to do.