Earwax provides many important functions–it is a natural moisturizer, traps dust and dirt before it reaches deep into the canal, as well as preventing bacteria and other infectious organisms from reaching the inner ear. Earwax is not a sign of poor hygiene! While the ears are naturally self-cleaning, earwax can build up or get pushed against the eardrum. If you have impacted earwax, you should not attempt to remove it yourself. It would be in your best interest to visit your primary care physician or an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist for safe removal of the earwax.