5 Things You Need to Know About Black Ear Wax

Earwax in general is a necessary byproduct of the ears as way to stave off infection and provides a protective shield to the ear from dust, debris and other small particle_temps that might enter into the ear canal. It also helps to maintain the proper acid balance inside the ear. Its technical name is cerumen. Even though we consider earwax as sign of lack of proper hygiene, it is nonetheless a valuable substance that helps to maintain a healthy ear. It is the ear's way of cleaning itself.

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Earwax in general is a necessary byproduct of the ears as way to stave off infection and provides a protective shield to the ear from dust, debris and other small particle_temps that might enter into the ear canal. It also helps to maintain the proper acid balance inside the ear. Its technical name is cerumen. Even though we consider earwax as sign of lack of proper hygiene, it is nonetheless a valuable substance that helps to maintain a healthy ear. It is the ear's way of cleaning itself.

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