Earwax is produced by the body to keep the ear canals moist and prevent dust and dirt from reaching the eardrum. Earwax normally works its way out of the ear canals naturally, but some people have a build up of ear wax which can cause blockage and trouble hearing. Using ear plugs, hearing aids, and cotton swabs can all contribute to ear wax build up. Wax softening drops and irrigating the ear with warm water are methods of removing ear wax at home. For more problematic situations, schedule an appointment to have your earwax removed by one of our otolaryngologists.