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Old 14th September 2018
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Ear Cleaning (Do it Yourself)

I had physical yesterday and my doctor suggested several drops of Olive Oil for 5 min every day for a week to remove wax. Just curious... has anyone tried this?

I have mastering to do and need my ears LOL!
Old 14th September 2018
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I was CLOGGED a while back and went to an ear clinic that does cleanings. They used a water gun to shoot a stream of warm water into my ears til the wax all came out into a little bowl thingy they were holding up to my face. The results were stunning. His advice for continuing care was to replicate the same process with one of those “nose bulbs” people use to suck boogers out of baby noses. He said to fill it with hot water in the sink, and squirt it in there with my held tilted over the sink bowl til the gunk washed out.

It works. I’ve heard other people say this is NOT a good method, but this ear clinic pro said it was fine.
Old 14th September 2018
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Using an oil will loosen the wax hopefully allowing it to leave the ear. It might take quiet a while though and my ear specialist only recommends oil specifically for medicinal use. Not just any old olive oil. Not saying it wouldn't work, but best not to take chances with oil revered more for it's flavour than it's ability to loosen ear wax !

I had a lump of wax block my left ear at the start of this year. No home remedies removed it. My specialist removed it quickly and painlessly with a microsuction device. It was hooked up to his iphone so he could see, a bit like an endoscope. Apparently the microsuction method is not intrusive and has few risks. I think I was in there for about 10 mins.

I asked my specialist if there were any precautions I could take to reduce the chance of getting wax blockages in the future. He simply said to avoid putting anything in my ears, even water.
Old 14th September 2018
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I have done both of the above methods and the oil seems to work keeping wax at bay. Twice i have had the syringing from a nurse and both have told me to use oil. I have also gently syringed myself. I have seen almost economic volumes of wax come out a couple of times. My dad once had his washed out and got wax, two red beech leaves, some trout scales and a twig.
Old 14th September 2018
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A week ago I woke up with a lot of pressure in my left ear. I couldn't hear much from the that ear, except for some strange noises like my heart beat. I thought it would go away after a couple of days, but it only got worse. I was beginning to think something was very wrong and I was going deaf in that ear. Worse than that, though, was the pressure in my ear.

I went to the doctor and it was just a lot of wax deep in the ear canal. It took her about 10 minutes with a suction device and some sort of solution to remove the wax. I could not believe that was the problem, thought it was something much worse.
Old 14th September 2018
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most modern hearing aid shops/clinics now do suction ear cleaning as people who wear hearing aids get blocked ears. The micro suction method is the best way, it has less chance of damaging your ear drum than syringing with water. Hyrogen peroxide drops also work well as routine maintenance.



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Old 14th September 2018
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Originally Posted by RGx2 View Post
A week ago I woke up with a lot of pressure in my left ear. I couldn't hear much from the that ear, except for some strange noises like my heart beat. I thought it would go away after a couple of days, but it only got worse. I was beginning to think something was very wrong and I was going deaf in that ear. Worse than that, though, was the pressure in my ear.

I went to the doctor and it was just a lot of wax deep in the ear canal. It took her about 10 minutes with a suction device and some sort of solution to remove the wax. I could not believe that was the problem, thought it was something much worse.
I had something similar, it was actually a thin film of earwax, stuck against the ear drum. I guess it was residue of previous cleaning that was done with alcoholic drops, and the dissolved wax got stuck to the eardrum, and formed a thin but hard film as the alcohol evaporated away.
Old 14th September 2018
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I went the DIY route as well, a good few years ago.
Was due for a fitting appointment for a set of ACS in-ear monitors, which involved taking a mould of my inner ear.
After an inspection, the dealer wouldn't continue because he saw too much wax when looking in with his scope.
Suggested I made an appointment with my GP to have it looked at.

I put in some Earol (olive oil) drops, and waited a bit. After that, I used this AcuLife syringe that I got on Amazon :
AcuLife Ear Wax Removal Syringe: Amazon.co.uk: Health & Personal Care

It's got angled nozzles, apparently to avoid a direct hit on the ear drum.

Quite amazing what came out, really.

I went back to the ACS dealer the next day, and he was able to carry on with the fitting.
He said he was quite surprised that it had got sorted out so quickly.

I keep seeing the syringe in the cupboard, and keep thinking that I should repeat, every now and again.
Removing the low pass filter was amazing. I spent the afternoon listening to albums after I did it.

I didn't realise about the micro suction options, though. If it's easily available and inexpensive, I'd probably go for that. Safety first with the only bit of equipment that can't be replaced.
Old 14th September 2018
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I think it goes without saying, be very careful with DIY ear cleaning! I was always told that turning your ears toward a "normal" pressure shower head was sufficient for cleaning your ears. Anything beyond that, I would let a trained professional do. Once those eardrums are gone, they are gone.
Old 14th September 2018
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Originally Posted by halcyo View Post
I was CLOGGED a while back and went to an ear clinic that does cleanings. They used a water gun to shoot a stream of warm water into my ears til the wax all came out into a little bowl thingy they were holding up to my face. The results were stunning. His advice for continuing care was to replicate the same process with one of those “nose bulbs” people use to suck boogers out of baby noses. He said to fill it with hot water in the sink, and squirt it in there with my held tilted over the sink bowl til the gunk washed out.

It works. I’ve heard other people say this is NOT a good method, but this ear clinic pro said it was fine.
I would be very careful with the bulb. Don't release the bulb while it is in your ear, because the suction could pull on the eardrum.

Some people naturally build up wax. Others never have a problem for whatever reason. Normally your wax is is supposed to be worked out towards the outer part of the ear by the act of chewing.
Old 14th September 2018
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Alcohol!
A couple of drops straight & deep into the ear for a couple of seconds & then turn head completely opposite & let it drain out with everything it picks up.
(Great for salt & chlorine water stuck inside ear - that can lead to infection.)
Old 15th September 2018
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You can buy ear cleaning kits at any drugstore. They come with the bulb syringe and a small bottle of carbamide peroxide, and wax to plug your ears. You're supposed to put the peroxide in and plug your ears with the wax, then, after waiting, pull out the wax and flush your ears with the syringe. All I ever do is flush my ears with warm water. I never use the peroxide. I probably do this three times a year, and my body seems to make lots of mucous and ear wax, etc.

With the syringe, you'll be amazed at how far you can jam the thing in your ear and how swiftly and suddenly you can squeeze the thing without hurting your ears. The trick is to start gently, though. Do it a bunch of times, gradually increasing the intensity. Once you get it right, your sink will be full of disgusting brown chunks of wax. Very satisfying. Also, you don't use the syringe the way you do to pull boogers from a baby's nose. You fill it completely with warm water by submerging it in your sink and then squirt INTO your ears.

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Old 15th September 2018
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I go to an ENT. I don't like sticking or shooting anything into my ear. For the 120 bucks a few times a year, it's worth it. Maybe I'm just a wimp.
Old 15th September 2018
  #14
Thanks for all the replies. The DR also recommended Mullein garlic oil, so I may try that. I'll report back on how it goes!
Old 17th September 2018
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Originally Posted by allstar View Post
Using an oil will loosen the wax hopefully allowing it to leave the ear. It might take quiet a while though and my ear specialist only recommends oil specifically for medicinal use. Not just any old olive oil. Not saying it wouldn't work, but best not to take chances with oil revered more for it's flavour than it's ability to loosen ear wax !

I had a lump of wax block my left ear at the start of this year. No home remedies removed it. My specialist removed it quickly and painlessly with a microsuction device. It was hooked up to his iphone so he could see, a bit like an endoscope. Apparently the microsuction method is not intrusive and has few risks. I think I was in there for about 10 mins.

I asked my specialist if there were any precautions I could take to reduce the chance of getting wax blockages in the future. He simply said to avoid putting anything in my ears, even water.
this is what i have done too. little endoscope on an iphone and a microsuction machine.. done very easily, and plus you get a video to gross out your significant other with when you get home... bonus!

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Old 17th September 2018
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The micro suction method is the best way, it has less chance of damaging your ear drum than syringing with water.
MC
I'm not sure about it. I've had several suction and it's deafening. Water is much more friendly to your hearing.
Old 17th September 2018
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I've taken vitamin supplements for years to keep the wax flowing, though I think it's the niacin that pulls the actual load. My ears used to clog up before that, and I had to go to the ear doctor to get them cleaned out. Now I just flush my ears out occasionally with a syringe (which doesn't shoot the water directly at the ear drum) I got at the local pharmacy, and a little warm water.
Old 18th September 2018
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I'm not sure about it. I've had several suction and it's deafening. Water is much more friendly to your hearing.
oh that's a bad deal - fwiw I've had several different people/companies do microsuction and I don't remember it being deafening at all... I find the dentist deafening when that metal pointy pain-thing makes my skull ring...
Old 25th September 2018
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Olive oil - can be effective but have to be careful with ingredients which could cause ear infection, especially if inside ear gets scratched.

Apple cider vinegar- mixed with water very good i prefer it to olive oil and completely disinfects ear, good to use regularly, stronger more concentrated is better


Hydrogen Peroxide - One of the best ways and only use up to 5% solution mix with water(until you learn the reaction more), it kills all germs on touch and 'fizzes' away wax even when its compressed. Otherwise, just buy ear drops that have Hydrogen Peroxide as ingredient I guarantee NOTHING is better.


Remember don't put just any oil in your ear I am speaking out of experience lol(2 at once, both ears becoming absolutely excruciating ear infections, puffed up ears looked like I had been boxing)


Also the right olive oil is good for 'ear maintenance' since you don't want to completely remove the wax, which actively fights infections, you just want the ear wax to be 'softer', and definitely keep ALL moisture(unless Hydrogen Peroxide) out of your inner ear on cold days.


Also guys when it becomes season for the 'sicknesses' try putting hydro perox/ear solution in your ears, especially if you have just noticed you have a scratchy, dry throat(you know illness its about to start), A majority of your illnesses will funnily enough come from your ears

So unblock and sterilize but you don't want wax completely gone.
Old 25th September 2018
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I just had my semi-annual ear cleaning and evaluation. Got a clean bill of health and well worth the co-pay. DIY in this area doesn't make sense to me as I have no way to look inside my own ears or o recognize any worrisome symptoms.
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