Earwax Removal – How you’re doing it wrong

The only person who should come close to your ears for regular cleaning is a professional. Audiologists have the tools necessary to do this in a way that can preserve your hearing. These tools are much better than anything you may be using on your own, such as tissue, pinkies and cotton swabs. Severe harm can be made to your precious ear canals if you remove earwax yourself. When you leave your ear wax alone, it preserves its natural function — protecting the ear canal. If it feels uncomfortable upon build up, causing a certain degree of hearing loss, head to a professional for removal. Here we show you why these three cleaning techniques are hurting your ears.

Ear Drops

Ear drops can be purchased at any store so they may seem OK to use, but that’s not always so. They may be ineffective due to the different ear canal sizes and shapes of each person. When you take into account the varying composition of your ear canal, you realize what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another person. Ear drops work by placing the liquid into your ear, then waiting for it to loosen the wax and flow out when you tilt your head.

Cotton Swabs

It’s so easy to stick that cotton swab in and grab the earwax, leaving you with a refreshed feeling, but you could be doing some real damage. Your ear canal is very sensitive, so you’re actually harming your ears when you attempt this, plus you’re setting yourself up for discomfort in the future. Cotton swabs are great for removing that superficial layer of wax, but you’re also pushing the rest of the wax deeper into the ear, causing earwax impaction. Hearing loss can also result with this dangerous practice.

Ear Candle

Another dangerous practice is ear candling which involves putting a flame near your ear. Not a good mix! You could burn your skin, clothing or even hair when you attempt this method,  which involves putting a special hollow candle made of wax-coated fabric and long wick in your ear to lure out the melted earwax. Ideally, a vacuum should be created in the ear through the heat coming off the flame but this isn’t typically what happens – there’re simply not enough suction to be considered effective. In addition, you risk burns and even eardrum puncture.

Head to an Audiologist for Ear Care

Rather than try these methods on yourself, see a professional hearing instrument specialist who can remove your earwax for you in a clinical setting. This safe removal comes from years of training with access to special tools to get rid of the accumulation. You’ll get that clean feeling and even hear better as well. You can get an exam that will check for eardrum damage, plus you can make an appointment to come back in the future for more earwax removal.