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  1. #1 Questions about the use of earwax removal kits 
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    Anyone ever had a problem with a buildup of excessive wax clogging your hearing? My left ear is somewhat partially clogged by it and as the result, I keep hearing a constant high pitch hissing... more evident recently. It's not the first time I've had problems with earwax. I've bought Smart Sense's earwax removal kit which contains a bottle of drops with 6.5% Carbamide Peroxide and a ear syringe. Has anyone ever use drops to remove excessive earwax? The box contains just basic instructions, but I have a few questions before I attempt it.

    One you apply the solution into the ear, it starts to oxidize the wax with a cracking and bubbling sensation. Is it normal to experience a temporary hearing loss in that ear during the process? Does it return gradually as it does it work.. depending how server the buildup?

    If the first attempt does not fully dislodge the wax or further clogs your hearing, do you reapply more solution or wait some amount of time before you do? It saids use twice a day for up to 4 days.


    Is it safe to use a cotton swab (or dabbed with the solution as a test) to try to clear it after using the ear syringe filled with warm water to flush it out?


    I'm very wary about the effects and appreciate any advice.
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    I've never used those kits.

    I just warm up a bit of olive oil and put that in my ear with a syringe.
    be very careful putting a cotton wool bud in your ear. they can cause
    damage.
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    A member of my family used drops to soften wax before having them syringed by a nurse. The drops basically do the same job as olive oil and loosen the wax. Sometimes it falls out on it's own depending on how thick it is. Personally, in regards to self syringing I would be very careful.

    Regarding temp hearing loss during treatment. As the liquid 'melts/loosens' the wax it will move around in the ear and will filter the waves that it interprets as sound thus causing partial deafness. Try to resist temptation to poke fingers inside the hole and don't shake your head around to move the wax. Put up with the temp deafness for a good few days as syringing works best when the wax is very loose. Be very careful when syringing and take your time. If worried or have doubts see a doctor.

    If all the wax is cleared and the ear is wet, tilt your head for a while to drain water. Try not to poke cotton swabs around as you may go too far and cause damage.
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    I've never tried any of that crap, I've always used hydrogen peroxide and Q-tips. I've always believed that taking a syringe and squirting warm water into your ear can cause more damage than doing it the way I do it.

    Q-tips are cotton wound around a paper stick. If you grab hold of the cotton and turn the stick you can unwind the cotton. I would first unwind the cotton a little and dip it into the hydrogen peroxide, then I would tilt my head so my ear is facing up and gently place the Q-tip into my ear. You can hear it working because it bubbles, I would leave it in for a while to loosen the wax. Then I would take the other end of the Q-tip and unwind the cotton a little then place that in my ear and unwind it even more so it expands inside the ear canal to get the hydrogen peroxide out. Remember that you never push the Q-tip all the way into your ear, it's the expansion of the cotton when you unwind it that is the only thing that contacts the inside of your ear canal. If you have a build up then repeat this process a few times. When you're done you can instantly hear better, and your ears even have a clean feeling.

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    I have very waxy ears. You could make candles in there. Years ago, a doctor in the family told me to do the following, which I've done ever since and have had fantastic results:

    1) Mix a solution of 1/2 hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 regular water. Start with a cup of each and mix it in a glass jar.

    2) Get (a) an old towel or rag; (b) a small wad of toilet tissue or facial tissue; (c) an eye dropper; and (d) a timer. You should not use a Q-tip for this procedure at any time.

    3) Fill the eye dropper completely with some peroxide/water solution.

    4) Lay on your side on your bed.

    5) Squeeze the solution in the ear that is facing upward. It will fizz and burp and tickle which is what it's supposed to do. Let it stay in your ear a full five minutes. Do not turn or allow to drain while it's in there before the five minutes is up.

    6) Roll on the other side and allow the waxy fizz to spill out onto the wad of tissue with the old rag below that to keep your bedding dry. This might take a minute or so to drain fully. Just let it all drain out. Don't put anything inside your ear. No Q-tip, no finger, nothing. Once it's drained, wipe the outside of your ear and face with the rag but don't try to dry the inside of your ear. Just let it air dry. The peroxide will hasten evaporation.

    You can now repeat with your other ear or do that at another time. Repeat this procedure once daily until your ear clears.

    You should never stick solid objects like a Q-tip into your ear. You can end up pushing wax further down in and also damaging your hearing.
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    You can take the chance of putting chemicals in your ears, or you can go to a massage therapist who is experienced in candling. They use a waxy type of cone, kinda looks like a ice cream drumstik cone. You place the tip in your ear and they light it up. It smoulders about 20 minutes and creates a soft suction of sorts that naturally draws out the wax. The first time I had that done I got out what looked like a 6 inch worm, but was wax built up over my lifetime. It's safe, painless and very, very effective.

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    +1 for the ear candling. Sounds weird, works wonders. The candles are hollow tapers and burn quickly. You stick the hollow end in your ear, light the other end and lie down on your side (candle sticking up). It helps to have a bowl of water handy, a wet cloth, and a drip-shield made of a paper plate with a hole poked into it (the candle goes through the hole, the plate protects the side of your head from wax/ash.) These candles don't drip much though. Lie down on front of a mirror so you can watch the candle burn.

    You'll hear a bunch of crackling in your ear as the ear wax is sucked up into the hollow of the candle. Obviously put the candle out well before it lights your head afire. The candles I have used will burn 15 minutes or so before getting within a few inches of your ear. I bet you will be surprised at the amount of wax these things can suck out of your ear. You may not even think it is working, but at the end, examine the stump of candle you have left -- unroll it and you can see all the ear wax inside. Amazing. I have seen these candles sold online as well as at places that cater to the macrobiotic/health food/yoga/ayurvedic healing crowd. Seriously my girlfriend years ago was a yoga/granola type and she made me try this out -- I thought it was the nuttiest idea I had ever heard of. I thought I looked ridiculous with a candle sticking out of my ear. But it truly works wonders.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Dr. Doolittle Click here to enlarge
    +1 for the ear candling. Sounds weird, works wonders. The candles are hollow tapers and burn quickly. You stick the hollow end in your ear, light the other end and lie down on your side (candle sticking up). It helps to have a bowl of water handy, a wet cloth, and a drip-shield made of a paper plate with a hole poked into it (the candle goes through the hole, the plate protects the side of your head from wax/ash.) These candles don't drip much though. Lie down on front of a mirror so you can watch the candle burn.



    You'll hear a bunch of crackling in your ear as the ear wax is sucked up into the hollow of the candle. Obviously put the candle out well before it lights your head afire. The candles I have used will burn 15 minutes or so before getting within a few inches of your ear. I bet you will be surprised at the amount of wax these things can suck out of your ear. You may not even think it is working, but at the end, examine the stump of candle you have left -- unroll it and you can see all the ear wax inside. Amazing. I have seen these candles sold online as well as at places that cater to the macrobiotic/health food/yoga/ayurvedic healing crowd. Seriously my girlfriend years ago was a yoga/granola type and she made me try this out -- I thought it was the nuttiest idea I had ever heard of. I thought I looked ridiculous with a candle sticking out of my ear. But it truly works wonders.
    +1 on everything you wrote. Personaly I've never needed to use one but I've been taught how to make them
    and use them on others by old ladies who knew a lot. They really do work wonders.

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    When I was in India there were ear cleaning "specialists" walking around the beaches. Pretty stupid in retrospect I tried one. He had this long steel tube thing that he sort of carefully curled around inside the ear. Every few seconds he produced what looked like ear wax.

    Only later did I find out that the tube was infact a crude syringe that squirted out brown caramel onto his finger, thus producing said ear wax for his delighted customers.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Obi Click here to enlarge
    When I was in India there were ear cleaning "specialists" walking around the beaches. Pretty stupid in retrospect I tried one. He had this long steel tube thing that he sort of carefully curled around inside the ear. Every few seconds he produced what looked like ear wax.

    Only later did I find out that the tube was infact a crude syringe that squirted out brown caramel onto his finger, thus producing said ear wax for his delighted customers.
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    You could try one of these ...
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    the one thing you shouldn't ever do is stick q-tips in your ear, all tat does is push wax further down.

    i suffer with this, and use otex eardrops for a couple of days to loosen the wax then go to my doctor to have it syringed..

    Someone has mentioned the candle idea to me and i may try that next time, sounds simple.

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    Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. According to medical researchers, it is both dangerous and ineffective.[1] The practice does not remove earwax or other toxins. The claim by one manufacturer that ear candles originated with the Hopi tribe has also been disproven.[2]
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    If the candling don't work, pinch your nose real hard, squeeze your eyes shut and two people kick you in the ass and the balls simulataneously. The exerting force will blast everything out your ears. Plus your ass, nose and throat. Pretty much every opening, really. You'll be clean as a whistle!

    I say this in jest. Do NOT try this at home!

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    I pretty much have to rule out candles at this point because A) I'll be self administrating it myself B) while the risk may be small, anything flammable is dangerous and C)while I've heard of the candle treatment, I nor anyone else I know are familiar or have experience using this method.


    I had problems with excessive earwax before.. about 12 years ago. I went to the doctor to checkout why I keep feeling pressure on my eardrum along a constant hissing sound to discover it was blocked with wax. He recommended a over the counter drops.. presumably a brand with either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide which pretty much are the same and in all drops. The instructions weren't quite clear so of course, I wasn't prepared for the reaction that followed after I applied some. My hearing became instantly blocked. I could not hear a thing out of my left ear. After 5 minutes, I titled my head to let it drain out.. nothing. The 5 or 6 drops I applied manage only to dislodge some of it, but there were so much that it ended completely blocking my eardrum. I tried water and still nothing. I wasn't sure if I should apply more drops for fear that it could get worst. I spent the rest of the night half deaf and in a state of agita. Fortunately, I had a appointment the next day with a eye and ear doc who proceeded to literally pick clumps of wax out and let me tell you.. it bloody well hurts.

    Thus, while I don't think the problem is as severe this time, you can understand why I'm asking questions about it.

    Though one question that remains unanswered is do I reapply the drops again if the blockage happens again and how long between treatment? Minutes? Hours? The instructions were no more than twice a day.

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    Note: the included syringe may sound ominous, but it's just a rubber ball with a tip that you fill with warm water that you squirt lightly outside the ear into the canal to flush it out.
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    My advice is to let a Doctor you know and trust do that work.
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    The drops are typically a solution of standard strength peroxide (canadian and us standard strengths) and dH2O at 1 part each. The bulb syringe they give you should not be pointed straight in but off the side. If you are all unsure, then have your doc/nurse show you how they do it the first time. Remember to never stick anything smaller then your elbow in your ear. Which means never stick anything in your ear. The ear candles are quack medicine at its best. They are easily debunked. Simply put one of them in something besides your ear (such as a pipe, not your ass silly) and look at all the amazing ear wax that comes out of the non-ear. I stuck one in the hole in an unattached vacuum flask and ear wax was "pulled right out of the lab glass". Amazing trick to show your pro ear-candle friends.
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    Marrow, thanks for openly dissing the ear candles!! This money grabbing practice drives me crazy, it just doesnt even make sense that something as ridiculous as that would work. I often wonder how many people have set their hair on fire trying this, I too have tested the theory and its amazing how much "ear wax" is drawn out of an empty household funnel!!
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    use the eardrops twice a day for a couple of days, this will just soften and loosen the wax making it easier and less painful to remove.. then go to Doctor to syringe out... simples Click here to enlarge

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    i've always seen those ear candling adverts and wonder how effective were they. Looked painful if anything else.
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