What causes ear wax buildup?
The most common cause of ear wax buildup is quite counterintuitive. The q-tips and cotton swabs that many people use to clear out ear wax can inadvertently push ear wax farther back into the ear canal - directly leading to buildups. While many people use Q-tips to clean their ears, doctors discourage this method specifically because it can lead to ear wax buildups. It's ironic; but ear wax buildups are most often caused by our own efforts to clear out wax.