lol. The ear is composed of the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. I appreciate your visit very much. I'm sorry about your itchy ears! The appearance of earwax is genetically determined. I know from personal experience! Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 30, 2013: Thank you so much, Deb. Thanks for the visit. Two alleles of the ABCC11 gene control earwax type and body odor. What an educational and informational article. Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on December 17, 2017: I didn’t know that there are two types of earwax in humans based on genetics. I had no idea about the connection between the type of ear wax and body odor however. Our dog seems to like licking peoples ears. The procedure was quick, painless, and effective. The ceruminous glands are specialized sweat glands. I hope you enjoy the rest of the day. The ear is composed of the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. Researchers say that the residue that forms on burning ear candles comes from the candle material and isn't earwax. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. I've heard never to insert the Q-tip into the ear canal before but I still do it around the inner rim. I always appreciate your visits. The inner ear contains the structures necessary for hearing and balance. It's usually about ten inches long. I have had ringing in my ear for the past six months since my gallbladder surgery. If ear wax was responsible for my hearing problem, at least it could be treated. As sound waves drive by way of the ear canal and then hit the eardrum, they produce the eardrum to vibrate. That explains why I, for the first time in my life, had impacted earwax. Earwax is technically known as cerumen. It took over an hour but a large block of wax came out and her hearing has improved tremendously. This vibrations triggers the ossicles to go in the middle ear, therefore the vibrations is after that passed on to the cochlea in the interior ear. We still have a lot to learn about fixing problems in the body. Anyone hears sound because of that vibrations. I have sensorineural hearing loss. We tease him because of the baby oil hi mother puts and makes it look shiny. My wife uses a q-tip just to clean where a face cloth doesn't cut it. Kathy Henderson from Pa on December 29, 2017: This article is very informative, last week I had my son to the Doctor and they removed earwax. In a way, though, I wish I had an ear wax problem that was responsible for my loss of hearing. In addition, they have the skill and experience needed to remove impacted wax safely. The human body is an amazing thing. Scientists know that a variant of a gene known as ABCC11 is responsible for both dry earwax and lack of armpit odor. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 17, 2013: Hi, Nell. I find the human body amazing, too. Thanks for the visit and comment. wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on September 01, 2014: An excellent article!! Tugging at the ear could indicate a problem with earwax. tendencies. I have bad allergies though so that might be contributing to it. It is like a fine machine when everything works right, then the machine is in need of repair when something goes wrong. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 23, 2014: Thanks for the very interesting comment, Judy. The wax plug may be as long as ten inches in the blue whale, which is the largest animal on Earth. I'm glad that scientists gain new knowledge over time. I'll check it out. Thanks for the great article, this was very enlightening. Hi, Beverly. Thank you, Jodah. Medieval artists sometimes added earwax to the paints that they used to illustrate manuscripts. I think part of it is allergies and part of it is wax build up. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 07, 2015: Thank you, DWDavisRSL. I'm sorry about your ear impactions, Austinstar. Thanks for sharing. The wax was removed by a water jet applied at a safe pressure. You did an amazing job on this informative article. The Eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the back of the nose. Having these details in "my back pocket" will be useful one day, whether for a personal or family/friend's need, or as an object lesson in conversation/writing--experience tells me it's gonna happen. But cleaning my ears is quite a relaxing activity. Larry W Fish from Raleigh on April 04, 2018: A lot of information there that I never knew of. Wax softening products are known as cerumenolytics. The ear canal itself should be left alone, unless a person is following medical advice. Its major function is to capture and direct sound waves into the ear canal. They mustn't be used if the eardrum is perforated, however. 1. Too much wax can block the ear canal, but too little can also be harmful. anitapeppers, via morguefile.com. The eardrum lies at the end of the ear canal and plays an important role in our ability to hear. But that’s not the only thing I learned from your well-written article. Great article, Linda, our ears are amazing. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 21, 2018: Hi, Kathi. In the outer part of the ear canal, cells produce a wax called cerumen that traps particles of dust and dirt. The wax also repels water, protecting the delicate eardrum from damage. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 24, 2016: Thanks for the interesting and kind comment, Cynthia. Wow I learned so much. FullOfLoveSites from United States on November 20, 2013: Now I understand why there's an earwax.
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