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Managing Earwax & Safe Earwax Removal

Our ears naturally produce earwax. It’s function is to help protect the ear canal from water and infection. Often, our ears produce more earwax than necessary; if you want to remove it, it is important to be safe about and follow our guidelines for safe at-home earwax removal. If you have any questions about earwax removal or think you might have any type of problem with your ears, call us right away to schedule an appointment.

How You Can Safely Remove Earwax

It is important to remember that unless your earwax is blocking your ear canal or causing a problem, the the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO)  recommends that you just leave it alone. If you do feel that there is a problem, like a blockage that you contact us right away so that one of our hearing care professionals can evaluate the problem and safely remove it for you. However, if you decide that you want to remove any excess earwax, the best and safest way to do so is to use an ear dropper that you can find at your local drugstore or pharmacy. Then, drop in one of the following:

  • A few drops of hydrogen peroxide.
  • A 1 to 1 ratio of water and vinegar.
  • Warm salt water.
  • Baby oil.
  • Equal parts white vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
  • Warm water.
  • Warm olive oil.

If you are unsure about safely removing earwax, your doctor or hearing care professional can remove it using a special tool.  Again, remember that in most cases, you don’t need to remove excess earwax, our ears create the wax for protection. The only situations where you need to remove earwax is if it is causing a blockage or hearing loss.

What Not to Use for Earwax Removal

You have likely heard this before, but it’s worth saying again: DO NOT use Q-tips for earwax removal. Even though they may seem small, they’re actually too big for your ear canal and are a very common cause of ear and hearing damage. Q-tips can even push the earwax further into your ear canal rather than removing it. Another popular but dangerous “new age” method of removing earwax is using a technique called candling. Candling uses a hollowed out cone shaped candle to try to remove earwax. It is supposed to create a vacuum seal in the ear and the earwax will adhere to the heated candle and come out. As you can imagine, this is a dangerous plan that can often result in burns, canal obstructions, or permanent damage to your ears and hearing. Please do not try either of these methods to remove earwax.

Audiology Associates of Greeley is Here to Help You with all Your Listening Needs

If you are worried about earwax or experiencing any pain, earwax buildup can sometimes cause a blockage, so please contact us  at the Audiology Associates of Greeley to speak with one of our hearing professionals. We are here to help you with all of your listening needs and your overall hearing health.