Ear wax blockage is an uncomfortable occurrence in which wax is impacted into your ears, leading to feelings of discomfort, fullness, and pain in the ear. While it may be tempting to try and remove it with a cotton swab, it is crucial to take the proper safety measures to prevent an injury in and around your eardrum. Consider these easy ways to remove an earwax blockage from your ears safely.
Soften Ear Wax Using a Wax-Softening Solution
Many pharmacies sell at-home ear wax softening solutions that use hydrogen peroxide to soften wax inside of the ear. Once you have selected which solution works best for you, simply drop a few drops of the softening solution inside of your ear, and let the drops sit for a few minutes to begin working.
Flush Ear with Warm Water
After dropping the wax softening solution into your ear, flush your ear out with warm water using a rubber bulb syringe. This specific type of syringe will allow you to flush your ear safely with warm water to remove the solution and the softened wax from your ear. Not only will this help to rinse the solution out, but it will also help to loosen the wax with warm water.
Wipe Excess Wax and Warm Water Using a Soft Towel
Once you have applied the drops and flushed your ear with warm water, you can wipe away the excess wax and warm water once it has left your ear. Be sure to use a soft towel to avoid irritating the skin around your ears as you are cleaning them.
Call Your Audiologist
While at-home wax removal may seem to be effective in its first few uses, you may need to have any impacted wax professionally removed from your ear by a doctor. With professional wax removal by your audiologist, you can ensure that any uncomfortable wax build-up is safely removed without any potential damage to your hearing.
Trust the Experts at Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Need help with your hearing? Clarity Hearing can help. Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently-owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized friendly service to the surrounding areas of Ellicott City, Catonsville, Columbia. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs.
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