Clean Your Ears the Safe Way to Prevent Permanent Problems

Congestion of the outer ear canal as the result of a build up of ear wax is one of the most prevalent causes of short-term hearing loss. If you’re rather certain that ear wax is the resource for your temporary hearing loss, you most likely want to clean out your ears. The real question is the best way to do this safely, and without causing damage to the delicate tissues of your ear canal or your hearing.

Therefore, when sharing this write-up of suggestions, it’s wise to start with a reminder of things not to do. Don’t stick any solid objects in your ear. Whether it’s a cotton swab or other object, you are more likely to make the situation worse by further compressing the ear wax if you start poking around in your ear. Another thing you should never do is attempt to use any product that sprays water under pressure directly into your ears; to do this risks rupturing your eardrums. Furthermore, if you know that you have a damaged eardrum or suspect that you have an ear infection, do not try to clean your ears on your own, and see a professional instead. Signs and symptoms of ear infections include fever, fluid draining from the ears, eggs and ear pain.

Cleaning your ears properly at home is possible with a rinse solution and a bulb or syringe from your local pharmacy. Such solutions (known as carbamide peroxide) can be obtained at pharmacies; you can also mix your own by combining equal amounts of 3-4%, mineral oil and glycerin.

To use the carbamide peroxide solution, lightly squeeze the solution into the ear with the bulb or syringe. It generally works best to lay on your side and have a towel readily available to catch drips. Avoid touching the ear with the syringe or bulb if you can. Allow the solution to stay in your ear for a couple minutes and then repeat with the other ear.

The solution will loosen and soften the accrued ear wax so it can be washed away. Use lukewarm water to rinse each ear and towel dry. As before, do not insert anything into the ear while drying. You can repeat this process twice daily for 2 or 3 days if your ears still feel obstructed. If the issue persists, consult a hearing specialist or audiologist for assistance.