The external ear canal
is not straight. It has an 's' shaped curve. It is also narrow in the middle (the 'isthmus'). Ear wax
build up over long periods of time can thus be difficult to remove beyond this narrow portion without softening with earwax dissolving drops. A hard impacted earwax plug can also prevent the normal outward shedding of skin leading to infection. When earwax build-up is severe, it is known as 'Keratosis
Obturans'. Accidentally shifting this plug yourself may cause pain as it gets further impacted at the isthmus. Kindly get your ears cleaned by an ENT specialist
. The canal skin is delicate and prone to injury easily. The eardrum
is also at an angle and hence may be injured if you try to clean it yourself. After wax removal by suction, microscopy or syringing you may check your hearing by undergoing a PTA (Pure Tone audiogram) or TFT's (Tuning Fork Tests).