The auricle: the outer ear
The auricle consists mainly of strong, flexible cartilage. Its shell shape facilitates the reception of sound waves. The sound then travels through the ear canal (a length of approximately 2.5 - 3 cm and a diameter of about 5 mm) to the eardrum.
The ear canal contains glands that produce earwax or cerumen. Earwax may seem annoying but it is actually very useful. It protects against moisture, but also against dehydration. It catches dust, dirt and small insects. Ear wax helps to ward off pathogenic bacteria and fungi.
Remove ear wax only when it is visible. Never use a sharp object like a pen, hairpin, match or paperclip. A cotton bud is the best. Make sure that the bud always remains visible.
Too much earwax can hinder the functioning of a hearing aid. We will be glad to advise you. If necessary, earwax must be removed by your physician.