Getting rid of Earwax at home can sometimes be a little tricky. As wax build-up can be a literal pain, ridding our ears of it needs to be done properly. Safety should always come first when dealing with our ears. The last thing we want is to damage our hearing or ears when removing unwanted wax.
In this blog post, we talk about why earwax is a problem, why it's also necessary and guide you through a number of remedies on how to get rid of earwax.
Why is Earwax a Problem?
Most ear problems only last a couple of hours, and there are many options to relieve your discomfort. One of the most common ear problems (Conductive Hearing Loss) is caused by earwax and can affect millions of people each year. Depending on the person, the amount of earwax produced varies widely, meaning some people may be prone to excessive wax build-up. Dissolving ear wax can help eradicate this problem.
Why do we have Earwax?
Ear wax is a normal biological material produced by glands in the ear and functions as a proactive waterproof coating. It is a combination of dead cells, sebum, cerumen and various external matter such as dirt and cosmetics.
Ear wax fulfils several important functions:
- It protects the skin of the ear canal
- Keeps the lining of the ear canal lubricated
- Helps keep the canal clean
- Protects the canal against bacteria, fungi and insects
- Repels water
Moreover, as earwax is softly acidic, it has antibacterial properties. It may be soft and moist, which is common in children, or it may be hard and more likely to become impacted, which is more common in older people. The ear naturally expels wax but sometimes earwax cannot be effectively excreted, resulting in a blockage. Earwax dissolvers can help by softening and loosening the impacted wax buildup.
How do you know if you have earwax buildup?
Occasionally, wax build-up can cause a hard plug to form. If the wax becomes impacted deep into the ear canal, it can cause impaired hearing. Conductive hearing loss is the most common signal of a blockage in the ear canal. As a result, you may also experience:
- or even Ear Infections.
In some instances, ear wax build-up does not cause any symptoms. However, it can prevent the examination of the tympanic membranes.
How to Get Rid of Ear Wax Safely
At Freehearingtest you can find a range of wax softening and wax removal products.
The most important piece of advice when trying to get rid of earwax is not to use cotton buds to try and clear the ear. This can make the problem worse, either by compacting the wax into a harder plug or occasionally by piercing the eardrum. Instead, for earwax removal at home, experts recommend that you use tools that will not cause damage to the canal or inner ear.
ACU-Life Ear Wax Removal Syringe - Excess earwax can be alleviated at home. The ACU-Life syringe directs fluid into the ear canal using a tri-direction stream to effectively remove earwax without damaging the eardrum.
Audiclean Total Ear Care System - The Audiclean Total Ear Care System Dual Pack is a combination of the Audiclean Ear Wax Remover which delivers ear drops that will quickly soften and remove wax buildup, and the Audiclean cleansing Ear Wash designed to ensure that your ear canal is kept free of troublesome wax.
Adult AudiSpray- This is a hypertonic seawater solution, which has been sterilized and carefully filtered. The spray works by gradually thinning and dissolving ear wax. For more details read our blog post “How to Combat Excess Ear Wax using AudiSpray”.
Eargene Skin Relief - Those who suffer from excessive ear wax are more likely to experience an ear infection. Ear infections are common and typically clear up on their own after a few days. To relieve pain and itching, you could try Eargene. It softens stress cracks and helps rebuild the keratin coating of the skin in the ear canal. If however, symptoms do persist then you should always consult a medical professional.
Earol Olive Oil Spray - Many doctors and nurses advise patients to use olive oil prior to syringing; this is to soften and remove earwax. By doing this, the syringing process is more effective. The procedure is pain-free and can also be used as a preventive measure.
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