Common Blocked Ear Symptoms

Ear wax build-up symptoms can be irritating, frustrating, and sometimes even painful. Common blocked ear symptoms can include everything from hearing loss to tinnitus and from discharge to dizziness, and may be a result of a build-up of ear wax or wax becoming impacted in the ear.

In many cases, microsuction ear wax removal will help to resolve ear blockage symptoms. Ear Care Clinic is a network of microsuction specialists, who carry out the procedure at ear clinics across London and Kent, with new locations opening soon. Find a clinic near you to book an appointment today.

What Are The Most Common Symptoms Of Blocked Ears?

Hearing loss, ear pain, and a feeling of fullness in the ears can all be symptoms of blocked ears, but may be ear infection symptoms too. Read on to find out what the symptoms you're experiencing may indicate.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be one of the most common blocked ear symptoms. Although hearing loss can be the result of any problem with the outer, middle, or inner ear, it can be one of the most frustrating ear wax build-up symptoms, which microsuction ear wax removal may help to relieve.

Ear Pain

Ear wax build-up symptoms can be uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. Ear pain can be the result of hard ear wax or severely impacted wax. This may be due to an underlying ear infection.

Tinnitus Or Ringing In The Ears

Tinnitus (a persistent ringing in the ears) can be one of the symptoms of blocked ears, but this isn't always the case. If your tinnitus doesn't go away following ear microsuction, it may require further investigation, particularly if the ringing you're experiencing is one-sided.

'Popping' Ears

If you experience a popping sensation in your ears, perhaps when you swallow or blow your nose, this may be due to a build-up of fluid in your middle ear.

Discharge From The Ear

If you have a build-up of soft or wet ear wax, symptoms may include discharge, while it can also be a common ear infection symptom, and is often due to an infection of the outer ear in particular.

Fullness Of The Ear

If you're experiencing what feels like fullness in your ears, this may be due to a deep blockage of ear wax in the ear canal, which will require professional ear wax removal.

Blocked Ears

Sometimes, you can just tell that your ears feel blocked, which may be due to a build-up of ear wax, or ear wax becoming impacted in the ear canal. Although microsuction can often relieve this, sometimes clinicians will need to use instruments such as micro-forceps to remove harder, particularly impacted wax.

Dizziness Or Balance Issues

Dizziness is not one of the most common blocked ear symptoms; it may be a result of a blocked ear throwing your balance off, but it's most often due to another issue, so it's important to speak to a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

Itching, Irritation, Or Discomfort

Itching, irritation, or general discomfort can all be symptoms of blocked ears, often due to a build-up of hard ear wax. However, these can also be due to ear infection. Symptoms such as these may be due to eczema or dryness in the ear canal too.

Ear microsuction allows clinicians to see clearly inside the ear canal to see what's going on in there, helping us to diagnose any issues and recommend next steps.

If you're experiencing one or more of these blocked ear symptoms, you may benefit from microsuction ear wax removal. Find out why we recommend microsuction over ear syringing, or book an appointment at one of our ear care clinics today.