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Looking after our ears: Why it’s important and our top tips for keeping yours clear!

Hearing is a very important sense, and anything that effects the hearing also effects every aspect of a person’s life.

Ear wax build up can affect a person’s hearing, often leaving them feeling disconnected from the world around them and this is why it is important to look after your ears well.

Prevention is always better than cure!

Let’s start with what can cause ear wax build up. A build-up of earwax can occur if you have:

  • Narrow ear canals.

  • Lots of hair in your ear canals.

  • A skin condition affecting your scalp or around your ear, such as eczema.

  • Inflammation of your ear canal (otitis externa or "swimmer's ear")

  • Any recent Viral infections can cause excess wax to be produced.

  • Regularly wear hearing aids, in ear headphones or ear plugs.


You cannot prevent earwax. It's amazing stuff and your bodies way to protect your ears from dirt and germs. There are however things you can do to prevent wax build up.


By regularly using eardrops, or olive or almond oil, it will help soften earwax build-up. This will help it fall out on its own and should stop your ears getting blocked. You can also keep the outside of the ear clean by using a damp flannel to gently wipe your ear.


Do not push anything into the ear such as Q-tips / cotton buds though, as this can push any wax present deeper into the ear.

Here at Physical Balance, we use the industry gold standard Tympa system for the treatment for ear wax removal. This is a quick, safe and painless procedure which gently sucks the ear wax from the ear canal.  If there is no wax in your ears, we can refer to your GP for further investigation.


If you have any concerns, questions or would like to book an appointment, please visit or call the team on 01256 770022 and they’ll be happy to help.


Jennie Zayadi – Hearing Care Technician

Read more about Jennie in Our Team section



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