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Ear Wax Build Up

What is ear wax?
What will happen if I don’t clean my ears?
What causes ear wax build up?
What are the symptoms of too much ear wax?
How is ear wax build up treated?
Does it hurt to remove ear wax?
Will my hearing get better if I remove ear wax?
Do cotton buds remove wax from the ear?
How can I prevent ear wax build up?


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  1. Schwartz, Seth R., et al. “Clinical practice guideline (update): Earwax (cerumen impaction).” Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery1_suppl (2017): S1-S29.