How does earwax affect ear disorders?

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Earwax, known as cerumen, plays a role in protecting the ear canal and keeping it clean. But for some people, earwax can become impacted, causing symptoms such as itching, pain, a feeling of fullness, ringing in the ears, or even hearing loss. These symptoms can be indicative of another condition, so it's best to bring them to the attention of your doctor. Your doctor can safely remove the impacted earwax using a special instrument. Do not attempt to remove the earwax yourself by using a cotton swab or other foreign object, as this may push the impaction further into the ear and potentially injure the eardrum.

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