Can Earwax Be Stuck On The Eardrum?

Wax On The Eardrum

Wax can get stuck on the eardrum, if you put things into your ear. Thing like q-tips, pencils ect, to remove any ear wax. The can push the wax into the ear drum and cause a ear infection. If you do not remove the wax, it can get infected and could lead to permanent hearing loss.

This is known as cerumen impaction and is cause of temporary hearing loss.

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What happens if earwax touches eardrum?

Cerumen impaction, is very painful, and can also lead to deafness. It is very important that cerumen impaction is treated as soon as it occurs, this includes preventing and treating infection.

The cerumen gets stuck on the eardrum because it cannot be pushed out by your ear wax. This can only be done by a ENT or ear specialists

Can ear infection cause permanent hearing loss?

Ear infections are very common and usually harmless, if left alone. However if you continue to push wax deeper into the eardrum, then one day your ear will have a problem and no more wax can get out.

How do I know if I have ear wax in my eardrum?

There are a number of signs that show if you have ear wax:

  • Earache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Whistling
  • Tinnitus - Noise in the ears
  • Discomfort.
  • Dizziness
  • Cough

If you have some or all of these symptoms, and if the pain continues, it is time to see an ear specialist.

How do you remove ear wax pushing from your eardrum?

If you do not remove ear wax the cause of your problem can become an infection. There are a number of ways to remove ear wax:

  1. Your doctor may administer drops for your ears that make the wax less solid. These drops can soften the wax and make it easier to remove.
  2. Your doctor may use a rubberized suction tool, which is inserted into your ear and scrapes the ear wax out.
  3. Ear candles are becoming more popular for removing cerumen, however they are not recommended according to FDA and can be dangerous.

What happens if earwax is not removed?

If ear wax is not removed, it can push onto the eardrum and cause a very painful infection. If this infection becomes a chronic problem, it can damage hearing.

Does earwax come out on its own?

Yes, earwax will usually come out on its own. It can just take some time.

How do I unclog my ear canal?

There are a number of thing you can do to unclog you ear canal. These are:

  • Swallowing
  • Yawning
  • Use a warm cloth and wipe the inside of your ears, to loosen the wax.
  • Massage some mineral oil into your ear canal, you may find that this helps you unclog your ear.
  • Valsalva maneuver
  • Nasal decongestants
  • Nasal corticosteroids

Why did a ball of earwax fall out of my ear?

Ear wax is produced by the body and naturally flows out of the ears once it collects.

How long does it take for earwax to fall out?

After about a week it should just fall out of your ear. The rate of wax depend on the following:

  1. The rate of cerumen production is different for everyone.
  2. Earwax removal is a natural process and takes time.
  3. It is normal for the amount of wax to vary over time, wax production can be influenced by diet, hormone levels and stress.
  4. It is important that you do not try to remove ear wax on your own, and that you see an ear specialist if your earwax becomes impacted.


Earwax should not be attempted to remove it yourself. It is best to visit a doctor or an ear specialist to have the wax removed.

If you do not remove your ear wax then you can get a clogged or impacted eardrum. This could lead to permanent hearing loss, if not treated immediately.

There are several products you can purchase in your local pharmacy or online to help soften ear wax. However it is always best to see a doctor or an ear specialist.

About This Article 

Date : August 19, 2021

Author : Nick, Website Owner And Writer

Experience : Hi, I am Nick, and I have suffered with ear problems my whole life, mainly tinnitus. I have tried a lot of products to help protect my ears over this period, and several devices to block out the constant ringing

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