Best way to remove ear wax?

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  1. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I really don't understand the anti-Q-tip thing. I have used them every single day for like 15 years and never pushed any wax down into my ear canal. I have extraordinarily good hearing still. And I use earplugs quite frequently when I ride.

    Anyway, if you have a buildup, I thought warm water and letting it run out or using one of those ear syringe things was supposed to get it.
     


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    Some people don't produce much wax, or the type that can be removed by a Qtip. For me, my left ear produces a kind of sticky wax that hardens up after a few days. Qtip only works for my right ear. So, for the left one, I use a metal ear wax scoop thing that you can by at a Chinese general store. It works 100% of the time. If you don't have access to that, the Debrox thing works pretty well, but you do need quite a bit of wax before using it.
     


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    Old fashioned way from back home:
    q-tip dipped in a little of alcohol-based aftershave/cologne (does not burn like say rubbing alcohol yet still helps break up and pick up wax).
     


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    i carefully clean out the innards of my ears with a q-tip after every shower.

    you have to be careful, and do not poke in too far. just the canal outer area swab around the cotton to take up all excess moisture, the dirt and crud will already be easily swiped away since during the shower the dirt and crud is lifted off a bit due to moisture.

    we go through about 1400 qtips a year. costco has a bundle of about that much for very cheap, maybe 10 dollars?


    do not use the cheap no name 'q-tips' cotton swabs. the ones with the pink or blue or yellow handles.

    they are very flimsy at the stick handle and you cannot get enough leverage or pressure to do an effective clean. plus the cotton peals off too easily before you even have a chance to start cleaning.

    use q-tips. very quality cotton end and a firm stick handle for enough pressure for effective leverage.
     


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    This message brought to you buy Johnson & Johnson, a family company. [​IMG]

    But yeah, most of the store brand ones are awful. The ones I've gotten at my drugstore lately are a little cheaper and work fine though. They look exactly like real Q-tips.
     


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    THe only way I've found to semi successfully remove earwax is a rolled up paper towel. I literally removed an amount around the size of a pinky nail. But, the ENT does really help, though if it;s pushed in against the drum it hurts like a mother.
     


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    I wonder how good the Chinese ear candles work? Every time I stop by Hong Kong I am tempted to try, as they seem to be a standard thing you can get done at the spas.


    Its 'coning', you can source a cone from some drug stores, they are available in the neighborhood of $1 each.

    Another idea might be to lie on your side with a towel under your head and pour peroxide into your ear canal every so often.

    Otherwise, cleaning your ears twice a day with a Q-tip and once a day with a wash cloth and soap should do the trick.
     


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    I use toilet paper, and it works pretty well all twisted right after a shower. When my ears are itching or uncomfortable though, and I need to dig the oil out (my ears produce much more oil than wax for some reason), then I bring out the big gun... [​IMG]
     


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    Buy a rubber ear syringe (available at most drug stores, may be part of a kit with cleaning solution) and use it to rinse your ears several times in the shower with a 1:1 solution of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. (If you use cold water you'll lose your balance).

    My doctor got after me about Q-tips, said I had wax pressed against my ear drum. I still use Q-tips maybe twice a week, but I broke the after-every-shower habit. I use the syringe may be once a month and now and doctor says all is good.

    Seems an ipod makes me produce more ear wax?
     


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    Yes, the ipod is causing wax because the ear buds are ruining your hearing, and your ears are trying to protect themselves.
     


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    In Asia, "ear spoons" or ear currettes are quite popular. However, like Q-tips, injuries like piercing the ear drum can occur if done carelessly. That's one reason why most people advise you to see your doctor or ENT specialist instead.

    Another method is syringing with a special ear syringe and solution ... or with an improvised turkey baster as one poster indicated. If you have a detachable shower head, you might want to do what I do, and use it to direct warm water into the ear canal, hold it, and then let it pour out - and repeat several times. Again, the same danger of accidentally damaging the ear drum if the water pressure is too high exists.

    A summary of various methods can be found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earwax
     


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    doctor flushing your ears out is the best way
    and it feels kinda good
    maybe thats just me though
     


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    I wonder how good the Chinese ear candles work? Every time I stop by Hong Kong I am tempted to try, as they seem to be a standard thing you can get done at the spas.

    Aside from that, the Japanese/Chinese wooden ear cleaners work pretty good. Basically they are like q-tips made of wood, and shaped for easy cleaning.


    There are some sleazy ones that provide other services. You gotta screen them.
     


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    Rubber ball syringe + warm water... Please don't stick Q-tips or any shiny metal objects up your ears plz.
     


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    Get one of those girl's hair clips, like this bad boy: [​IMG] and use the rounded end to hook the stuff out. I once had a nurse syringe my ears, and it was incredible. My hearing got so much better so quickly. She advised me that putting a tiny drop of olive oil in your ear will soften the wax before you wash/q-tip/hook it out too.
     


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