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Causes of Wax Blockage

The ear canal has hair follicles and glands. The glands produce a waxy oil called cerumen which protects the ear from dust, bacteria, and foreign particles and prevents these from entering and damaging the ear. The wax moves to the opening of the ear gradually and falls out or is removed by washing. The extent of wax secretion in the ears differs with people; some secrete excessive wax in comparison to others. For such people, wax hardens inside the ear canal, which could end up blocking the ear. The condition worsens, when the wax gets pushed inside during the cleaning process, resulting in ear blockage.

Wax blockage is one of the most common causes of deafness.

Other causes of ear blockage

1. Foreign body lodged within the ear can give rise to a sensation of block. This is common in children. One should not attempt to remove it by oneself; having it removed by a doctor is advisable.

2. Acute otitis externa or inflammation of the ear canal can give rise to a sensation of block. This also needs an examination by an ENT specialist. It can be treated with the help of medicines.

3. Eustachian catarrh or inflammation of the eustachian tube happens whenever one has a cold. This is a tube that connects the throat to the middle ear and during a cold this tube gets inflammed , giving a blocked feeling.

4. Tumors or growths within the ear canal can also give rise to a blocked feeling. This can be diagnosed by an ENT specialist.

5. Another common cause of 'blocked ear ' occurs when we travel in an aeroplane. When the aircraft ascends or descends, the air pressure within the cabin of the aircraft changes. This leads to pressure changes across the middle and outer ear which is reflected as a blocked feeling in the ear. This can be remedied by sucking on a sweet or lozenge during take off or landing. The problem gets corrected as soon as take off or landing is complete.

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I got up a few days ago and took a bath and a couple hours after My ears feeling clog and the clog comes and go in both ears and a mild pain in both jaw bone, what can cause this to happen
Joan57 Thursday, April 17, 2014
I have a big problem. My 3months old baby has an ear infection. Our ent doctor gave us an eardrops .my problem is there is a blockage in my sons ear which is the dried blood and pus im worried that the drops is not absorb in his affected part of the ear..what should i do? Thankyou
Kanemaverick Sunday, February 09, 2014
why my ears are blocked when my lunch is delayed or skipped?
newfazil1234 Sunday, June 10, 2012
could you find the reason? I have this problem too since couple of months ago. it is weird
zbg465 Friday, September 06, 2013
Hi.........My Husband's ears are block 24/7 they have been for 4 - 5 years we have been to every Dr. we could think of and no one can fine out what is wrong he says it's just like going up in an airplane but they donot unblock can anyone help
Ladydi Wednesday, February 15, 2012
My ear always been block with hardened ear wax. So my doctor ask me to use baby oil to softened it after several days. I can feel a bit watery in my ear, check it with cotton swap and it fills with mainly yellowish ear wax and a bit of blood. What could be the problem?
nza3108 Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Had this ear blockage at the left ear since like 2 or 3 days ago. How can I get rid of this? There's like echo.
th-ousandwords Sunday, January 02, 2011
my ears feels like water had drawn into them for exactly two weeks now. what could be the problem
ms10304 Thursday, November 18, 2010
I have severe ear blockage when i got up after a sleep.This problem is continuing for the last 15 years or so.If i take elegra and betesonal tablets in the night , i get a immediate relief from this condition.As soon as i stop using these medicines the problem returns.I have consulted several ENT specialists,however no permanent cure is found yet.Is there any way i can get rid of this problem?
rauny Thursday, October 21, 2010
My left ear also had such kind of the problem for almost a year. I don't know the reason since then. But when I swallow, the blockage of the left ear will be relief for a while. It makes me very bother. anyone can help me. Pls send a mail to me Thro' masato73@yahoo.com.hk
masatowu Wednesday, March 30, 2011
i woke up this morning and had an ear blockage on my left ear. and i tried all the home remedies but they dont seem to work. and i just went to see a doctor. he only give me ear drops and said i shud come back for syringing on thursday. will this help in any way?
nfino89 Sunday, October 17, 2010
MY EAR GOT BLOCKED SINCE 8 DAYS, FEW DAYS BACK I GOT DRY COUGH WHICH I IGNORED, KINLDY ASSIST HOW TO GET OUT THIS ISSUE.
saurabharchana Monday, August 23, 2010

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