Earwax Tinnitus Removal: Beginner’s Guide

Can Earwax Cause Tinnitus?

First, let’s explain the hearing system. Ear wax collects in our ear canal. The ear canal ends up the eardrum and behind the eardrum. There’s our three hearing bones and the hearing organ. Our cochlea, a small amount of ear wax is healthy and natural.

But over time earwax can build up and cause it impaction which can be a problem it’s common to have impacted ear wax when you have small ear canals, or you use q tips regularly or you use earbuds regularly significant earwax causes temporary hearing loss if ear wax causes your temporary hearing loss. That means that sound is not able to go through your ear canal through the hearing organ, the cochlea and eventually up to the auditory brain.

Temporary hearing loss from ear wax can create a temporary hearing loss all the way up into the auditory brain temporary hearing loss causes temporary tinnitus. Tinnitus is ringing in the ears. So the link from the ear wax causes a chain reaction all the way up, which creates temporary tinnitus.

Check out this video I made about ear wax and tinnitus:

Will My Tinnitus Go Away After Removing Ear Wax?

The good news is that when you remove the ear wax, your hearing typically returns back to normal and when your hearing returns back to normal, then the tinnitus goes away. So that means if ear wax was causing your hearing loss and creating ringing in the ears, then removing the ear wax will return everything back to normal.

How to Remove Ear Wax

Now let’s talk about ear wax removal. First thing Do not use q tips q tips likely pushed the ear wax in deeper and are not going to help you remove it. Number two, do not try to remove the earwax at home by yourself. If you have a hole in your eardrum, there’s two ways to remove earwax at home by yourself.

The first uses ear drops, you can use Debrox at home to soften the wax and then remove it. The second most common way to remove earwax at home is to use a syringe with some spray and then that your wax will come out naturally.

You may be interested in trying your candling at home. I don’t strongly recommend this. Dr. Cliff made a video about this. The best way to have your wax removed by a professional is to go see your primary doctor, an ear nose and throat ENT physician or an audiologist. Those professionals have training expertise and tools. They can do an ear wash, they can do a vacuum or they can do a curette to scoop out the earwax.

Alright, so now you’ve learned how earwax can cause ringing in the ears. If you liked this article, leave us a comment and join our newsletter to stay connected on all things tinnitus and hearing.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Au.D.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Au.D.

Dr. Ben Thompson is an audiologist in California and founder of Pure Tinnitus. Dr. Thompson has a comprehensive knowledge of tinnitus management. He completed his residency at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and is a past board member of the California Academy of Audiology. Via telehealth, Dr. Thompson provides services to patients with hearing loss and tinnitus.

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