Myth – Ear wax has no function
Many people believe that ear wax has no function and should be regularly cleaned out from our ears
Ear wax, or cerumen as it is scientifically known, is a natural secretion that protects the health of your ear. Ear wax acts as a barrier to things getting inside the ear, such as water, soap and other debris like dust particles. Due to its sticky nature, our ear wax collects these nasties and eventually works its way out of the ear, taking them with it. Ear wax even has antibacterial properties and is antimicrobial – protecting the eardrum from bacteria and foreign objects/bodies.
Everyone has ear wax, and in most cases, you do not need to do anything about it. However, there are some instances where we overproduce ear wax or get a build-up of wax that cannot make its way out of the ear. In these cases, you should consult a professional about getting it removed safely.