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The skin on the outer part of the ear canal, has special glands that produce ear wax, also known as cerumen. Ear wax is helpful in normal amounts, and serves to protect the ear from damage and infection. At times, however, too much earwax may accumulate, and it may become too difficult to wash away naturally.
This can lead to earwax, or cerumen impaction, which is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. There is no way to know if you have excessive earwax without having a doctor look into your ears.