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Earwax buildup

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I think one of my ears is experiencing a wax buildup. Twice in the last week, I've woken up after sleeping on my side to find my left ear very clogged. After some massaging, I regain full hearing and it's fine for a day.

Several people have told me that a drop or two of olive oil into the ear at night will drain the wax during sleep. Does this work? I know hydrogen peroxide is supposed to be good as well.
 

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HP def works....Try that. A bottle is < $2.00
 

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just go to your friendly ENT doc. they'll deploy miniature cave excavation tools to harvest the bounty.
 

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I have heard the olive oil recommendation as well.

Worth noting - if you are using headphones (particularly in-ear monitors) frequently, this may be your ears telling you that you're listening at too high a volume. The increase in wax is your ears' natural way of trying to protect your hearing.
 

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Conne, did you ever go to Radioshack to pick up some new earphones?
 

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Originally Posted by dcg
I have heard the olive oil recommendation as well. Worth noting - if you are using headphones (particularly in-ear monitors) frequently, this may be your ears telling you that you're listening at too high a volume. The increase in wax is your ears' natural way of trying to protect your hearing.
You know, I was afraid that had something to do with it. I've been wearing my in-ear headphones at work very frequently. I've noticed a dull ache after usage now and then. I think I need to start bringing in my over-the-ear headphones. Neo, I did buy new headphones. In-ear ones that cost me like $13. Nice waste of money now.
 

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^You investment is not wasted. Just turn the volume down
 

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Lol. I echo dcg's sentiment (pardon the pun).

This thread has got me thinking, are Q-tips detrimental to one's ear health? I use them a few times a week fwiw.
 

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Originally Posted by Neo_Version 7
Lol. I echo dcg's sentiment (pardon the pun). This thread has got me thinking, are Q-tips detrimental to one's ear health? I use them a few times a week fwiw.
Umm, extremely. You can easily shove wax against your eardrum and the cotton residue left behind can result in serious buildup and injury. I'll lower da volume!
 

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Hello. It's not like I jam them in my ear willy nilly. Obviously, I clean around the outer ear and gently brush wax out of the canal. Or is that bad?
 

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conne, have you also noted an increased lint build-up in your navel?
 

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Originally Posted by ter1413
HP def works....Try that. A bottle is < $2.00

What the hell is HP?

$2.00 is a lot cheaper than a doctor visit.
 

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Originally Posted by Hombre Secreto
What the hell is HP?

$2.00 is a lot cheaper than a doctor visit.


I know hydrogen peroxide is supposed to be good as well.
 

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