The production of earwax is a normal process in humans and many other mammals . There should always be a thin layer of wax near the opening of the ear canal. This wax is a waterproof and protective secretion that acts to moisten the skin of the external ear canal and works as a protective mechanism to prevent infection, providing a barrier against insects, bacteria and water.
The ear is self-cleaning and performs its function better without interruptions. However, anything that blocks the normal progression of the earwax moving outward can cause problems. As is the case with prolonged use of in-ear headphones.
Differences between headphones
In most cases, the best way to control earwax is to leave it alone. Frequent use of cotton swabs is not recommended as this can cause earwax to re-enter the ear canal.
Normal use of in-ear headphones (also called in-ear and "earbuds") does not usually cause problems. But prolonged use of headphones, for example, if you leave them on all day, could :
- Compress the wax, making it less fluid and more difficult for the body to expel naturally.
- Impact airflow and prevent wet wax from drying out. When earwax remains tacky for long periods of time, it encourages build-up
- They trap sweat and moisture in the ears, making them more prone to bacterial and fungal infections.
- Create a barrier for the natural expulsion of earwax, which ends up stimulating the secretory glands and increasing the production of earwax
- Reduce ear hygiene in general, if the ear cushions are not cleaned properly or if they are contaminated with bacteria or infectious agents.
- Damage your hearing if the volume is too high.