Can Ear Wax Cause Tinnitus?

Posted on March 5, 2024 by John Beharrell
ENT hearing assessment by John Beharrel

When earwax blocks the ear canal, this can make tinnitus more noticeable as our perception of background noise is reduced and allows our brain to focus more on internal sounds of the body (tinnitus). However, when our ears are not blocked with wax, we are more able to hear background noise which helps to mask the internal sounds known as tinnitus.

Can Ear Wax Removal Reduce Tinnitus?

After earwax removal, many people find that they no longer notice the internal sounds which cause tinnitus however, it is different for everyone and a small number of people find that it may take a few days for the tinnitus to reduce after ear wax removal has taken place.

It is also important to remember that ear wax removal should always be carried out by a qualified and experienced healthcare professional, as attempting to remove ear wax yourself can result in damage to the ear canal or ear drum.

Reputable, private microsuction services can now be found offering treatments at local GP surgeries or healthcare clinics and syringing may also be offered in your area by the NHS.

Does Earwax Cause Pulsatile Tinnitus?

Pulsatile tinnitus is a less common form of tinnitus often described as a rhythmic thumping or whooshing sound, which appears to be in synchronised with the heartbeat. According to Medical News Today, studies do not indicate a clear link between earwax buildup and pulsatile tinnitus. However, most people report that their perception of tinnitus is reduced following ear wax removal via safe methods such as microsuction.

Also Learn: How to keep ears wax free?

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