Putting any sharp implements inside your ears can be very dangerous, and you risk accidentally poking the inside of your ear or damaging your eardrums. The rule of thumb is, if you can put it inside your ear, you should not be using it to clean your ears.
Another thing to avoid is ear candling. Ear candling has not been proven to actually clean a person’s ears, and can in fact cause more harm than good.
So, what options do you have when it comes to removing impacted earwax?
How should you clean your ears?
One way to go about it would be to use over-the-counter ear drops. Ear drops are specifically designed to help loosen any earwax stuck in your ear safely, and without harming your ears.
To use these ear drops, just follow these steps:
- Lie down sideways, with the ear you want to clean facing up.
- Put the recommended amount of ear drops in your ear and wait for a few minutes for the liquid to soak and soften any buildup in your ear.
- Before sitting up, get a tissue and be ready to wipe off your ear. The liquid along with the softened earwax should come out without any problems.
If ear drops do not work, flushing the ears with warm water should be able to do the trick. Here are the steps to do so:
- Use warm but not hot water when flushing your ears.
- Using a bulb syringe, gently flush the liquid into your ears to avoid harming your eardrums.
- The warm water should flush out the impacted earwax and you should be able to hear better.
- If you have a hole in your eardrum, or have recently had eardrum surgery, it would be best to avoid this method of cleaning your ears.
If the above methods do not work, then it might be time to seek professional help.
How do doctors clean your ears?
Doctors use specialized tools to help clean the impacted earwax in your ears. Some doctors use a microscope to get a better look inside your ear, as well as vacuums to safely clean the earwax without causing damage to your ears.
Some use specialized ear picks to help safely clean your ears. Only doctors should be the ones to put these things inside your ears as they have been specially trained to use these tools to prevent damage to your ears.
The next time you are tempted to clean out your ears, remember that your ears are self-cleaning organs and that the only cleaning you need to do would be to clean your outer ear. Otherwise, it would be best to leave the ear cleaning to your doctor to prevent any damage.