Suggestions for DIY Ear Cleaning and Wax Removal

Obstruction of the outer ear canal due to a build up of ear wax is one of the most typical causes of temporary hearing loss. Individuals who have encountered this, and noted a diminished ability to hear, generally want to know how to clean their ears to prevent it. The real question is the best way to do this safely, and without damaging the sensitive tissues of your ear canal or your hearing.

Therefore, when presenting this write-up of suggestions, it’s wise to start with a list of things not to do. One of the things to avoid is trying to remove ear wax by sticking cotton swaps, Q-tips or any foreign object into your ears; this may cause the wax to become compacted and exacerbate the situation. Another thing you should never do is use any system that injects pressurized water directly into your ears; to do this risks perforating your ear drums. Additionally, if you know that you have a damaged eardrum or suspect that you have an ear infection, don’t attempt to clean your ears on your own, and see a hearing specialist instead. If you believe you might have an infection, common signs and symptoms to look for include fluid draining from the ears, ear pain, fever and vomiting or diarrhea.

For gentle and effective ear cleaning at home, get a bulb or syringe at the pharmacy and a special solution with which to rinse out the ears. You can buy a carbamide peroxide solution at the local pharmacy, or mix your own using equal parts of mineral oil, glycerin and 3 to 4 percent.

To make use of the solution, gently squeeze the solution into the ear with the bulb or syringe. It generally works best to lay down on your side and have a towel readily available to catch any drips. Avoid touching the ear with the bulb or syringe if possible. Leave the solution in each ear for a few minutes giving it time to work .

Once the ear wax has been softened and loosened by the solution, wash each ear again with lukewarm( not hot) water, and then dry the outer ears carefully with a towel. If the congestion persists, repeat this process of cleaning your ears two times a day for 2 or 3 days. Talk to your an audiologist or hearing specialist if the issue continues.

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