Who experiences ear wax buildup?
Ear wax buildup can happen to anyone. However, it is more likely to occur in:
- People who use hearing aids or ear plugs
- People who put cotton swabs or other items into their ears
- Older people
- People with developmental disabilities
- People with ear canals shaped in such a way as to interfere with natural wax removal
How is ear wax impaction diagnosed?
Your health care provider can look into your ears with a special instrument, called an otoscope, to see if ear wax buildup is present.