Methods for safely removing earwax at home include over-the-counter ear wax softening drops and flushing the ear with warm water, states WebMD. Instruments to scoop out ear wax should only be used by a medical professional.
Ear candling is not recommended as studies have shown that it does not remove ear wax and could result in serious injuries, explains WebMD. The build-up of ear wax in the ear can be a result of cotton-tipped swabs pushing the ear wax further into the ear canal.
A build-up of ear wax in the ear canal can cause physical symptoms such as ear pain, dizziness, and a ringing in the ear, notes WebMD. Middle and outer ear infections, perforated eardrums, and permanent hearing loss can be a result of ear wax symptoms not being addressed properly.
Ear wax is produced by glands within the ear canal and serves to trap dust and other particles from reaching the eardrum, which could result in infection or damage to the sensitive membrane, says WebMD. Everyone produces ear wax, but genetics determines the amount and type of ear wax that is produced. Typically, the ear wax will dry out and fall out of the ear, but this can be a problem with small or oddly shaped ear canals.