Over time ear wax can build up and become impacted and press against the eardrum which can cause hearing loss, vertigo, earache, tinnitus, and blocked feelings in the ear.
The safest way to remove ear wax build-up is by a healthcare professional. If you type, do it by yourself with a bobby pin or Q-Tip, and you run the risk of damaging your ear drum.
Keep reading to learn more about ear wax and the different methods of ear wax removal that are safe and easy.
What Is Ear Wax?
Ear wax is produced naturally to protect the ear canal. It blocks skin, sweat, hair, and debris from entering the inner ear. Ear wax works to:
- Protect the ear canal from infection.
- Keeps the ears clean.
- Prevents dust from entering the ears.
In most instances, ear wax is a liquid that naturally drains out of the ear and doesn’t cause any complications. The color usually ranges from orange to brown. If the ear wax too thick, this is when it can cause blockage and needs to be removed.
Safe Ear Wax Removal Methods
Over-the-Counter Ear Wax Softener
One way to safely remove ear wax is with over-the-counter (OTC) ear wax softeners, such as Debrox, Murine, and more. Ear wax removal products typically include glycerine, peroxide, saline, and mineral oil. If you opt for an ear wax removal kit with a wax softener, make sure to follow the instructions for ear wax removal on the box.
Another safe ear wax removal method is ear syringing where you use a syringe to help irrigate your ear with warm water or a saline solution. It can also be helpful to use an ear wax softener for approximately 30 minutes before irrigating with ear syringing.
Microsuction ear wax removal is often used when other ear wax remover treatments have failed, or when the excess wax build-up is too large for standard ear wax removal methods. Microsuction is safe for people who cannot have water sprayed inside their ears, such as:
- People who have an ear infection.
- People who have previously had bad reactions to ear irrigation.
- People who have had ear surgery recently.
- Patients who have a damaged eardrum.
- Those born with a cleft palate.
At Intrigue Health clinic, we provide safe and effective methods of removing ear wax. The micro-suction ear cleaning procedure only takes only 15 minutes and can safely remove any excess build-up of ear wax. Schedule your appointment with us today.