Learn more about using an otoscope to clean your ears

If you are searching the internet for how to use ear cleaning tools on yourself then you probably are suffering from some form of ear irritation - usually an itch, ache, ringing or a clog. There are a variety of ear tools on the market that can help alleviate some of these symptoms. Here, we will discuss some of the most popular methods and what they are effective for.

Why clean your ears at home?

First off, your ears are mostly self cleaning. Earwax has antibacterial properties so it actually prevents dirt, dust and bacteria from entering your ears. Additionally, earwax naturally works its way out of your ear canals, where it dries and falls out. In theory, your ears are self-cleaning and you shouldn’t have to clean out your earwax, but inevitably sometimes the earwax gets stuck in the ear canal or it clogs it up completely so it needs to be cleaned out. This is something that you shouldn’t have to go to the doctor for, just learn how to use ear cleaners and it shouldn’t require a medical professional.

Find a quiet, safe, comfortable place to work

If you want to know how to clean ears with tools, the best place to start is finding a safe and comfortable place to work. Your eardrums are delicate and if your hand were to be bumped while cleaning you could risk rupturing your eardrum, hearing loss, and then you would have to visit a doctor. So start things off by finding a safe work space.

How to use ear cleaning tools on yourself

If you are using ear cleaning tools already then this information could still be helpful to you. The most common way people clean their ears is with a cotton swab, or Q-Tip. Swabs can work but they are NOT recommended because they usually push the wax in deeper as opposed to pulling it out and they don’t give you a good view of what you are doing so injury to your eardrum is likely. Earwax candles also get talked about frequently, but they have been proven to be ineffective and can also cause burns if handled carelessly. Other tools for ear cleaning include curettes, but these really are only safe in the hands of a medical professional - do you want to be poking around blindly in your ear with a sharp metal tool? Don’t use these unless you have proper training. The best tool for self ear cleaning that we have found is a digital otoscope. Digital otoscopes have a camera in the tip to see inside your ear canal and small, soft earwax spoons to pull the earwax out of your ear canal. They help you keep a safe distance from your eardrum and also remove the earwax effectively.

Why should you purchase an otoscope from ScopeAround?

ScopeAround brought the first digital otoscope with camera for consumers to the market over five years ago so we have more experience and customer feedback to make the best digital otoscopes available. We make a complete range of digital otoscope products including free-standing models to USB-connected, Lightning cable-connected and WiFi-connected devices with an otoscope camera app for your mobile device. If you want to know how to use ear cleaning tool then the safest way is to start with a ScopeAround digital otoscope to give you the best view of your ear canal and any wax or dirt that you might want to clean out of there.