Not many people know this, but some earwax is actually good for your ears as it is designed to moisturize and protect the ear canal. But as many people age, the wax (also known as cerumen) doesn't work its way out of the ear like it used to. This can cause cerumen impaction, or blockage. An ear canal plugged up with earwax can cause hearing difficulties, earaches, infections, and more. Dr. Marni Novick is very skilled at earwax removal and can provide these services in her Los Gatos clinic.