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In ideal situations, the ear canal should not need to be cleaned as cerumen (earwax) acts as a self cleaning and lubricating agent in the healthy ear. However, at times the canal will develop an abundance of cerumen that will need to be removed. Especially if you are experiencing pain, loss of hearing in that ear, itching or odor from the ear canal, or a feeling of being stopped up. The first thing to remember is to not put anything down into the ear canal. That includes Q-Tips! There are over-the-counter earwax removal remedies available that... Read more
You should visit an audiologist to have your hearing evaluated. If your hearing decreased suddenly, it is a medical emergency and you should contact an ENT right away.