Ear Wax Removal at Home

Whether we like it or not, ear wax is part of our body, and it’s something that we all have to deal with. Having wax inside the ear is completely normal, and usually, you’ll never even notice that it’s there. However, occasionally you may find that the wax in your ear may be built up to a point where it’s uncomfortable and sometimes even painful. This can easily end up disrupting your daily life, distracting you, and making simple tasks much harder.

There are several treatments for ear wax removal, which can be done by a professional, either at a clinic or in the comfort of your own home. Whilst this is fantastic, there are some home remedies that you can try, that may help to deal with the discomfort of excess ear wax.

Before we go on to some of the solutions, we have to make it clear that it is not recommended to put objects into your ear in an attempt to remove excess wax. A common misconception is using cotton swabs to clean your ears. This can lead to harming the ear, with the potential to cause irreversible damage. Although it can be tempting, we highly recommend avoiding this.

One of the recommended methods would be to pour a couple of drops of olive oil periodically throughout the day over a few days to see if it makes a positive difference. Olive oil can soften ear wax built up in the ear canal, encouraging it to fall out. It’s a relatively cheap method of removing wax from the ears, and it is a reliable solution for many.

Some with built-up ear wax may also benefit from using water within a syringe to soften and remove wax. Warm water is known to have a similar effect to olive oil, which may soften the wax in the ear canal which helps it to be removed. Irrigation sets can be bought for your own home which includes all the necessary tools to try this. Whilst it is a cheaper alternative to other methods of wax removal, it’s not our top recommendation.

Whilst irrigation has been a relatively popular choice in the past, there are now concerns with the pressure from the water of a syringe when fired into the ear canal, which may damage the ear. There are now other methods of ear wax removal that have been introduced, which are comfortable, quick, and successful.

One method recommended is Microsuction, which is the removal of wax from the ear canal using a suction probe. Microsuction ear wax removal is often described as comfortable and painless and is the recommended method of clearing excess wax by many professionals.

To find out more about Microsuction Ear Wax Removal, visit our Ear Wax Removal page, or give us a call on 01522 305400.

What is Microsuction, and what are the benefits?

When left untreated, excess wax building up in the ear canal can leave an individual to suffer from conductive hearing loss. Microsuction is a popular method of ear wax removal carried out by hearing care professionals. It involves the practitioner using a microscope to view the ear wax within the ear canal, then using a suction probe to vacuum excess wax out of the canal.

Microsuction ear wax removal is often the preferred method for ear wax removal, in comparison to other more traditional treatments, such as syringing (or irrigation) due to be being easier and quicker. Microsuction treatment is often described as comfortable, painless, and extremely efficient.

If left untreated, excess earwax may result in some of the following symptoms:

• Loss of hearing
• Earache
• Tinnitus (noises in the ear)
• Hearing aids become less efficient
• Your own voice may sound different
• Irritation around the ear

There are some clear benefits to microsuction treatment. Following the procedure, patients will often feel as though their hearing has improved, due to their canal being cleared. This can result in an extremely positive lifestyle change, as they’ll be able to understand speech clarity much better in social situations. Patients should also find themselves no longer suffering from earaches, pains, or ringing in the ears as a result of excess wax in the ear canal.

Otec Hearing provides microsuction ear wax removal which is carried out by our highly qualified hearing care professionals. Please visit either our Lincoln or Huddersfield page for more information, or get in touch by contacting us on 01522 305400.