Want to remove an ear wax blockage? Learn how

The reason we feel tempted to clean our ears is because of a substance called cerumen, commonly called earwax. It’s normal for your body to produce earwax, and it actually helps protect and lubricate your ears. If you didn’t have earwax, your ears would probably be itchy and dry. Earwax even has antibacterial properties, which means your ears are self-cleaning. Cerumen acts like a filter for your ears, keeping out harmful things like dirt and dust, and trapping them so they don’t go deep inside. Occasionally, earwax can build up inside your ear canal, it can even clog the canal - if that’s the case you should clean out the wax to prevent your hearing from being impaired.

How to remove ear wax blockage fast at home

Ear wax can usually be safely removed from your ear canal at home so long as it isn’t too hard and impacted. It’s safe to irrigate your ears with a bulb or large gauge syringe and some warm water. Often times this will quickly remove the wax, however, there is always a chance that it is more firmly attached and impacted in your ear canal. If this method doesn’t work then you might want to try some ear drops to first dissolve the wax.

How to remove ear wax blockage fast with water

If you decide to clean out your ears at home, it is safe to use warm water to irrigate the ear, doing this at room temperature is best. Flush the ear gently, as a forceful flow of water can damage the ear. Don’t stick any objects like a Q-Tip into the ear, this can cause the wax to be pushed further into the ear, and you also risk damaging your eardrum. 

You can use ear drops to soften the wax if it has become dark and hardened. Ear drops can be purchased over-the-counter, like the brand Debrox, or you can use some home remedies like baby oil, mineral oil or glycerin. Using an eyedropper, apply a few drops (5-10) of warm oil or glycerin in the ear canal. This should soften the ear wax and help it work its way out naturally or make it easier to flush out. 

How to remove flattened ear wax blockage fast

If you are dealing with an impacted ear drum and your wax is dark, hard, and flattened you can try to gently scrape the wax out using a digital otoscope with an earwax removal spoon. The digital otoscope will give you a close look at what you are doing so you can carefully remove the wax a little bit at a time. If this does not work, then you should make an appointment with a doctor and have your ear professionally cleaned.

How to remove ear wax blockage fast candle

Ear candling is one health fad that has become increasingly popular online for ear wax removal. Yet, without having any scientific basis, its practitioners guarantee that it will not only remove ear wax but also treat other ear conditions. Also alarming, are adults who advocate for this practice online who are in favor of performing it on children and adolescents, not considering the dangers and potential permanent repercussions it could cause to their ear development. Ear candling is not recommended as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the risks are high and that there is “no valid scientific evidence for any medical benefit from their use,” said the agency. The hot wax can cause burn injuries to the ear and face and damage the ear canal. Additionally, the candle could push the natural ear wax even deeper into the ear canal.

The best home ear wax removal method

A modern approach to earwax removal is to use an otoscope earwax tool. ScopeAround makes a number of devices that are safe to use because you can see inside your ear the entire time you are using the device. You can’t see what you are doing if you poke your ear with a Q-Tip. Digital otoscopes have integrated LED lights to illuminate the ear canal and help the tip of the otoscope avoid your eardrum. Ear wax removal is easy to do because a soft silicone-tipped spoon attaches to the end of the otoscope and that combined with the camera gives you the perfect tool to scrape out pieces of earwax. 

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Earwax congestion isn’t that common of an occurrence, but if it does happen, usually it can be taken care of at home without visiting a doctor. The first step is to look inside your ear canal with a digital otoscope. ScopeAround was the first company to make an ear inspection camera for consumer use and they have the most experience and customer feedback manufacturing these devices. ScopeAround makes digital otoscopes that are stand-alone devices as well as ones that are compatible with iPhone (iOS) and Android mobile devices as well as PC (Windows) or Mac (OSX) computers.


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