Everyone's ear canals produce ear wax, which is known as cerumen in the medical field. However, some people produce more than others. Ear wax has the important job of protecting your ears from foreign particles. Also, ear wax helps to protect the ear canal from irritation due to water exposure. While ear wax is good, too much ear wax can become problematic. Many people try to clean the excess ear wax from their ears using cotton swabs, but this is not a good thing to do.