What is ear wax?

Also known by its medical term, cerumen, ear wax is a lubricant and protective mechanism for you ears. It starts as a mixture of fatty secretions from the oil and sweat glands in the outer third of your ear canal. Jaw movement from chewing and talking helps migrate the wax down the canal and out of your ears. Sometimes dead skin cells and other small debris can combine with the secretions and cause the ear wax to harden.

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