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Can Ear Wax Buildup Cause Tinnitus?

by Glenn Schweitzer, Tinnitus Expert
June 27, 2019

Question: Can ear wax buildup cause tinnitus?


Yes, a build up of ear wax, especially if it's against the ear drum, can cause tinnitus. This is most likely the result of the wax build up affecting a person's hearing. In fact, anything that diminishes your hearing can cause tinnitus. Luckily, if excessive earwax is a problem for you and causing tinnitus, it can be professionally cleaned by an audiologist or ENT doctor. And this often will relieve the tinnitus. It's possible for tinnitus to persist after a cleaning if other factors are involved, but unlikely if it's done correctly and hearing is restored.

Glenn Schweitzer is an entrepreneur, blogger, and the author of Rewiring Tinnitus and Mind over Meniere’s.

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