People know their ears are waxy when they squelch, are itchy, become blocked, leak wax or feel gluggy.
You know when your ear is blocked. You will have reduced hearing, your body noises will be loud and your voice will echo.
If you have itchy ears it could be a range of conditions. Mild infection, waxy ears, loose hairs tickling inside or allergies.
Anything in your ear canal can create noises. Long hairs tapping on your ear drum for instance. Wax or dry skin often crackles. Tinnitus can also create noises.
Signs of infection can be: irritation - itchiness, tenderness or pain, discharge / leaking / running ears, hearing loss if canal blocks.
Glue ear is a term used when thick fluid is trapped behind the eardrum. This results in hearing loss and can lead to delayed learning and language development in children.
If your hearing changes, whether it is sudden or over time, it is important that you have a hearing test. It could be as simple as wax blockage or it could be more urgent.
Sometimes people experience a fullness in their ear which feels like their head is full of cotton wool. Sometimes it is because their ears won't 'pop' properly or it could be more urgent.