Excessive ear wax (cerumen) can be caused by a number of factors, including genetics, ear canal shape, and the use of certain types of earplugs or hearing aids. It can also be caused by attempting to clean the ears too frequently or aggressively. If your son is experiencing symptoms such as earache, itching, hearing loss, or a feeling of fullness in the ear, it may be worth consulting with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist to have the ears professionally cleaned. In the meantime, you can try using ear drops containing hydrogen peroxide or mineral oil to soften the wax, which can then be removed more easily with ear irrigation or by gently flushing the ear with warm water.
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