Ear Canals

Just when I thought I’d heard it all, someone shared a foul yet compelling fact about ear canals. The consistency of a given person’s ear wax directly indicates how sweaty they are as a human being. Mind blown. I’m nervously perspiring in the light of this newfound knowledge. And now I feel extremely insecure about my wet ear wax.

Dry wax secrete less sweat

Jason M. Abramowitz, MD, tells me that moist wax is found in sweatier individuals. People with dry wax secrete less sweat. Why? So glad you asked. Ear wax, also know as cerumen, is a combination of sweat and secretions from the sebaceous and ceruminous glands. And the texture of yours depends on the mixture.

The ear may be affected by disease, including infection and traumatic damage. Diseases of the ear may lead to hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders such as vertigo, although many of these conditions may also be affected by damage to the brain or neural pathways leading from the ear. The ear has adorn by earrings and other jewelry in numerous cultures for thousands of years, and has been subjected to surgical and cosmetic alterations.

Ear wax is about as appealing to think about as boogers; which is why they try not to bring up the topic that often. But it’s hard not to be top of mind when you suspect you have a wax problem you know; so when your Air Pods are crusted with yellowish goo; also you start having trouble hearing out of one of your ears.

The outer ear canal

First of all: Everyone has ear wax, and as icky as it looks, it’s 1000% normal (and necessary). People think of ear wax as something dirty, but it isn’t, says Linda Dahl, MD, an otolaryngologist in private practice in midtown Manhattan, and author. Dr. Dahl says that ear wax (or scientifically speaking, cerumen) is a combination of sebum; so sloughed off skin cells from inside of the ear, and secretions from glands in the outer ear canal.

It’s designed to seal the very delicate skin that sits above the bone in your ear; which act as an antiseptic, says Dr. Dahl. There’s not a lot of cushioning [in the ear canal], says Dr. Dahl. You should aim to have a bit in there at all times, they says, to ward off infection and keep the area healthy.

There’s oil glands and sweat glands in the ear, and the sweat glands in the ears tend to correlate with the sweat glands on the rest of our bodies, says the ENT. People who tend to sweat more are more likely to sweat in the ear, and when there’s more sweat, ear wax tends to get a little softer, a little looser, a little wetter, says Dr. Abramowitz.