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Can earwax cause other health problems?

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Earwax, although small in size, can have a big impact on our ear health. 

In this blog, we’ll address some common questions surrounding earwax and how it may impact you with other health issue such as tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, and your hearing.

Can Earwax Cause Tinnitus?

Tinnitus, often described as ringing or buzzing in the ears, can be a bothersome condition. While there are many potential causes of tinnitus, excessive earwax buildup is one of them. When earwax accumulates in the ear canal, it can exert pressure on the eardrum or interfere with sound transmission, leading to the perception of noises that aren’t present. In such cases, removing the excess earwax may alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus. You can learn more about this in our specific blog about tinnitus.

Can Earwax Cause Vertigo?

Vertigo is a condition where you may feel like your head is spinning or may feel dizzy and disorientated. Earwax itself is not a direct cause of vertigo but it can affect your balance. The inside of your ear contains structures responsible for balance, and if too much  earwax builds up it can affect them, and may lead to feelings of vertigo. However, vertigo is more commonly associated with conditions such as inner ear infections or vestibular disorders. So we always recommend booking an appointment with your doctor.

Can Earwax Cause Dizziness?

Similar to vertigo, dizziness can result from disturbances in the vestibular system caused by factors such as earwax buildup. When earwax blocks the ear canal or exerts pressure on the eardrum, it can disrupt the normal functioning of the inner ear, leading to feelings of dizziness or light headedness. However, it’s essential to differentiate between dizziness caused by earwax and other underlying medical conditions that may require specific treatment.

Can Earwax Cause Headaches?

Earwax is unlikely to cause a headache, but it can cause discomfort or pressure in your ear, and this may feel similar to a headache. For some people, headaches and migraines are caused by triggers, and a build up or earwax may lead to hearing and balance changes which in turn can set off a headache or migraine. However, headaches associated with earwax buildup are usually mild and temporary, resolving once the excess wax is removed. 

Can Earwax Affect Hearing?

Absolutely! Earwax buildup is one of the most common causes of temporary hearing loss. When earwax accumulates in the ear canal, it can block the passage of sound waves, resulting in decreased hearing ability. This can range from a mild reduction in hearing clarity to more significant hearing impairment, depending on the extent of the earwax buildup. Fortunately, once the excess earwax is safely removed, hearing typically returns to normal.


While earwax is a natural and essential substance for ear health, excessive buildup can lead to various ear-related issues, including tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, and hearing impairment. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s essential to seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. A healthcare professional can safely remove excess earwax and address any underlying issues, helping you regain comfort and clarity in your ears. Remember, healthy ears are happy ears!