COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – On this week's Talking Health with Dr. Paula segment, she discusses earwax… should you do something about it or leave it alone?
It is common for people to use cotton swabs or even bobby pins to get the earwax out of their ear, but when this is done—you are only pushing earwax deeper into the ear. This could cause damage to the inner ear and could even result in hearing loss.
Dr. Paula recommends that you leave the wax alone, the ear is designed to clean itself. If you just have to get the earwax out of your, use ear drops or peroxide to clean the ear.
Signs and symptoms of ear wax blockage are:
-Feeling of fullness in affected ear
-Ringing in the ear
Approximately 12 million people each year in the U.S. have an ear wax blockage problem.