• Dr. Jessica ND

Do you have ear pain, itchiness, hearing loss? You need your ears checked!!

Ear wax (cerumen) is a normal substance made by the cells lining the ear canal that helps to protect, clean, and keep the ears healthy.  When dust or dirt enters the ear, the ear wax provides a sticky substance that traps the debris and prevents it from travelling deeper into the ear canal.

Ear wax will normally make its way to the outside of the ear canal through the motion of our jaw, and by chewing food. At this point, it can flake off or be washed off.

  • sense of fullness in the ear

  • ear pain

  • itchiness

  • hearing loss

  • change in hearing aid function

  • odour coming from the ear

Keep in mind that it is possible to not have any symptoms at all. I have found throughout my years of practice that on routine physical exams many patients did have impacted ear wax and were not aware of it all.  It is important to have your ears checked yearly, or if you start to experience any of the above symptoms. 

In my clinical practice I have found that anyone of any age can have impacted ear wax. But, more commonly I have found it in children 2-6 years old, senior citizens and those who use hearing aids, or ear plugs. Other risk factors associated with impacted ear wax are; yeast/candida overgrowth,  having hairy ear canals, a narrow ear canal, people with re occurring ear infections, and swimmers.

Although you may be tempted to clean out your ears, it is important to remember not to stick items such Q-tips, keys, or bobby pins in your ears as they may push the was build up deeper into the ear canal. 

Dr. Jessica Nesbitt ND

Whitby Physiotherapy & Wellness

814 Brock St. N.

Whitby, ON  L1N4J5


Phone: 905.430.5605

Fax: 905.430.1349

email: info@JessicaND.com

Clinic Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Wednesday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm

Naturopathic Doctor serving Whitby, Oshawa, Ajax, & surrounding areas.

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