5 Reasons Why You May Be Struggling With Earwax Build Up And How Earol Can Help

Earwax build-up can be a common struggle for many people. Also known as Cerumen, earwax is a natural substance produced by the ear to protect and lubricate the ear canal. However, an excessive build-up of earwax can lead to discomfort, impaired hearing, and sometimes even ear infections. 1 

Symptoms of earwax build up include 2: 

  • hearing loss 
  • earache or a feeling that your ears are blocked. 
  • ringing or buzzing in your ears (tinnitus) 
  • vertigo (feeling dizzy and sick) 

Here are five reasons why you may be experiencing earwax build-up and how Earol can help. 

1. Overproduction of ear wax 

In typical circumstances, excess wax finds its way out of the canal and into the ear opening naturally and then is washed away. Sometimes, however, too much wax can build up. When the ear starts to produce too much earwax, it causes it to get blocked, hindering the natural removal process. 3 

2. Hair 

The ear canal is lined with delicate hair follicles, which play a vital role in moving the wax along the ear canal.  Too much ear hair can crowd and clog the ear canal, preventing the natural removal process from occurring.The growth of  hair is subject to individuals, some may have a moderate amount and others may experience excessive growth. When there is too much hair, the ear canal can become crowded, and this can lead to ear wax potentially becoming blocked. Earol can help to soften the wax to aid the natural removal process.4 

3. Environment 

Working in dusty or dirty environments can lead to dirt or debris building up and trapping wax, exposing the individual to a higher risk of earwax build up. Similarly, those who participate in outdoor activities or sports in dusty or dirty environments may also be susceptible to earwax build-up.4 

4. Frequent hearing aid and earphone use 

When individuals regularly use earphones or hearing aids, it can indeed have a notable impact on the natural movement of earwax, potentially leading to earwax build-up. The prolonged use of earphones or hearing aids creates a physical barrier at the ear canal opening, which can interfere with the natural outward flow of earwax. As a result, the earwax that is continually produced by the body may become trapped inside the ear canal over time.5 

5. Cotton swab usage 

When using cotton swabs to ‘clean the ear’ you can push the wax further down the ear, causing wax build-up.4 Despite the widespread use of cotton swabs to ‘clean’ ears, they can in some cases do more harm than good. Inserting cotton swabs into the ear canal can lead to various issues, as the wax is getting pushed further into the canal, instead of being removed.  

No matter the cause that led to you struggling with a build-up of earwax, Earol is here to help. Delivering a metered dose spray of Pharmaceutical Grade Olive Oil blended with Mineral Oil which is clinically proven to soften and naturally remove earwax, to prepare the ear canals for clinical de-waxing and to prevent/soothe itchy/irritated ears. 


1 Earwax Blockage (Cerumen Impaction): Symptoms, Causes & Removal, Cleveland Clinic, n.p.   https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14428-ear-wax-buildupblockage#:~:text=If%20left%20untreated%2C%20excessive%20earwax,in%20potential%20issues%20going%20undiagnosed.  

2 NHS Choices, Earwax build up symptoms ,  28 January 2021 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/#:~:text=Causes%20of%20earwax%20build%2Dup&text=you%20have%20narrow%20or%20damaged,externa%20or%20%22swimmer%27s%20ear%22

3  Ann Pietrangelo, Earwax Buildup and Blockage: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments, Healthline, n.p. https://www.healthline.com/health/earwax-buildup#_noHeaderPrefixedContent 

Earwax Blockage (Cerumen Impaction): Symptoms, Causes & Removal, Cleveland Clinic, 1 January 2023 https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14428-ear-wax-buildup–blockage 

5. Dr Christian Moro, Associate Professor of Science and Medicine at Bond University, and Charlotte Phelps, PhD student at Bond University, Don’t wear earphones all day – your ears need to breathe, Bond University, n.p, https://bond.edu.au/news/dont-wear-earphones-all-day-your-ears-need-to-breathe#:~:text=However%2C%20anything%20that%20blocks%20the,the%20body%20to%20naturally%20expel