Earwax: everyone’s favorite topic! What we commonly call earwax is a waxy oil called cerumen that is produced by the ear canal. This oil is beneficial for the ear, as it works to protect the ear from dust, microorganisms, water, and even detrimental particles that could be harmful to the ear.
For the most part, ear wax can be left alone, and it will find its own way out of the ear. In some cases, though, glands can overproduce ear wax and this creates a problem. If you notice the extra buildup of wax and attempt to clean the ear on your own, you may accidentally push the earwax further into the canal. This can result in temporary hearing loss.