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    How does earwax build-up occur?

    It is not always clear what causes a build-up of earwax. However, it tends to be more common in people who naturally produce large amounts of dry earwax. Similarly, earwax that collects a lot of foreign substances or remains in the ear canal for a long time is also more likely to dry out and form a build-up. The chance of a build-up also increases with age due to increased hair growth in the ears and slowed movement of earwax out of the ear canals over time. A build-up may also be caused by pushing earwax deeper into the ear canal by cleaning with cotton buds, or with frequent use of earphones or hearing aids.

    Answered on 07 Apr 2016. Medically reviewed by Health&

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