Earwax is not a bad thing.

Our bodies produce it naturally, and it’s very useful in protecting the delicate inner workings of our ears. At first glance, it may not be appealing, but we can’t enjoy healthy hearing without it.

Some of us produce more wax than necessary, which can lead to an attempt at removing this ourselves, resulting in impacted earwax. Many people will experience a temporary hearing loss due to impacted wax.

This is why hearing assessments are so necessary. At these tests, we can identify any issues that may be developing and remedy them before they start to affect your hearing.

If you think earwax is the reason for your mild hearing loss, here’s everything you need to know about the most common ways to remove earwax. There are many myths about how to clean your ears – some of which are safe and others that can harm your hearing further.

SIDE NOTE: It may be tempting to get an over-the-counter hearing aid to remedy this problem since most people think it’s due to hearing loss. However, with no consultation from a professional, you may end up causing more problems than solving them. A professional consultation is highly recommended for any medical issue you may be experiencing.

These methods are the most popular, and we will explain the pros and cons of each.

1) Ear Candling

With many videos available online, this method has become popular. It only requires a special beeswax candle and a steady hand. However, we recommend extreme caution if you choose this method.

The chances of you burning yourself or your hair are very high, and there is no proof that this method works.

The theory is that the heat from the lit beeswax will create a vacuum method to draw out any excess earwax. However, there is a lack of evidence that this is effective, and many resources claim the wax left at the end once the cone has burned out is just residue from the beeswax cone.

Our advice is to stay away from this method.

2) Remove Wax Using A Cotton Swab

This technique is the most popular and has been used by parents for decades. With little instruction and even less technique, it used to be commonplace to insert a swab and start twisting in the hopes of extracting your earwax.

What most people don’t realize is this method is more likely to cause impacted earwax. The reason is that the swab pushes more earwax into your ear than removes it.

Poking around too much can cause physical damage to the ear canal as well. Please do not pass this harmful habit on to the younger generation. There are much better ways to get relief.

3) Ear Drops Sold Over The Counter

Over-the-counter ear drops can be used to relieve mild cases of earwax buildup. The tricky part is knowing whether your case is “mild” or not. Self-diagnosis is a slippery slope and should be used with caution.

Many patients get swayed by the low cost of ear drops but end up having to come to visit us anyway. The choice of cheap relief with the possibility of no results should not be tempting when compared to the overwhelming effectiveness of partnering with a professional audiologist.

4) Olive Oil

This is another dated technique that has been handed down from generation to generation. Used by grandmothers and nannies worldwide, it can be effective for some. If the olive oil is administered in small quantities, it can positively affect softening your impacted earwax.

It’s not a quick fix and may take a couple of days for the olive oil to soften the wax enough for it to finally fall out, but it’s still much safer than other methods. Use low-cost, over-the-counter olive oil that is available for this exact reason.

There are a couple of cautionary notes to make. If you have a history of allergies to olive oil, then you should avoid this entirely. Also, if you have a ruptured eardrum, then olive oil can make it worse, so please avoid it.

5) Visit A Hearing Healthcare Professional

If you’re looking for the most successful way to clear your ear blockage, then seeking professional help is your best bet. We saved the best solution for last since this is the only method you can be sure of after all is said and done.

Most patients who inquire about these remedies are already past the point of them being completely effective. To cure your current issue and prevent any further damage, visiting a professional is the only guaranteed method out of all of these.

Our experienced team of specialists uses the latest and safest tools available to remove your blockage and get you back to hearing correctly again. We have at our disposal an earigator, head loop, curette, and manual removal. With all these options available to us, you can be sure you’re in the best of hands.

Earwax Removal Experts In Northern Utah

We are dedicated to all residents here in Northern Utah for all their hearing needs. Earwax removal may not sound very threatening, but if left unattended over time, it can lead to more serious hearing issues.

If you have any other questions, please contact us, or you can reference our earwax removal page on our website. Prevention is our best course of action against hearing loss, so let’s work together to keep everyone’s hearing as healthy as possible.

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Roshelle Leilua, BC-HIS

Roshelle Leilua has worked for the House of Hearing since 2010. She is a nationally board-certified hearing instrument specialist. Her interest in this field comes from having many friends who are hard of hearing and deaf for whom she learned basic sign language communication. She enjoys the personal relationships she has from working with her patients regularly.