We Make Earwax? What’s That All About?

What Is Earwax?

I’ve often wondered what is earwax (otherwise known as cerumen) all about but never specifically investigated it. Well today I just happened across this article on the BBC News website in the Health section and now I am the wiser.

It’s entitled: ‘Secretion secrets: things you didn’t know about earwax’. It discusses the following five issues:

  1. How it gets out of an ear.
  2. It’s anti-microbial properties.
  3. It matters where your family is from.
  4. A vacuum rather than a syringe might help clear it out.
  5. It can be a pollution monitor.

I expect people with earwax problems may find section 4 above of interest since it says ears can be cleaned with a specialised vacuum cleaner. See example below:

earwax
THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISMENT. OTHER EAR WAX REMOVING TOOLS MAY BE AVAILABLE.

It goes on to describe how this is a more pleasant and more efficient procedure than syringing. If you haven’t seen it here is the cross section through a human ear:

earwax

WARNING: Do not try using a domestic vacuum cleaner for cleaning ears.

Syringing The Ear To Remove Cerumen

Here is a video of a professional removing earwax using a syringe.

Heating May Make Us Fat!

The title ‘Heating May Make Us Fat’ has no spelling mistake.

Check out this article at the BBC where Dutch researchers at the Maastricht University Medical Centre recommend heating homes to no more than 19°C (66°F) because:

Heating May Make Us Fat.

Below that temperature (19°C) they say our bodies continue to burn calories to keep us warm.

Interestingly the same article suggests, further on, that heating above 23°C (73°F) also causes us to burn calories by sweating to keep cool.