Hidden Hearing on How to Clean Your Ears

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Enda Dooley

Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist at Hidden Hearing
Mr. Enda Dooley, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist DipHE HAA Q.M.U. has been with Hidden Hearing since 2010 and is based in our Merrion Road, Ballsbridge branch.

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ear and handEarwax is a problem everyone has to deal with. The human body produces earwax as a protective measure (keeping out bacteria, bugs, and dirt), but sometimes TOO MUCH ear wax is produced.  If left untreated you can end up suffering from hearing loss as earwax can clog your ears leaving you with a ringing sound and tinnitus symptoms.

Why Should You Clean Your Ears?

  • To prevent dust, germs, and bacteria from entering your inner ears
  • To reduce the risk of irritation, infection, or damage to the sensitive skin of your inner ear
  • To slow the growth and spread of bacteria (which lives in your ear canal)
  • To protect your ear from being irritated by exposure to water (such as when you go swimming)

Well, you only get rid of it if there is too much ear wax. An excess of ear wax can increase the presence of bacteria in your ears, making it more likely that you will suffer ear infections. It can also affect your hearing negatively. Many people think that there hearing is deteriorating – however it turns out to be just a build up of ear wax! If there is too much ear wax, you should clean your ears or have them irrigated professionally.

What Is The Best Way To Clean Your Ears?

female model attractive woman on plein background with copy spacWe recommend that you have your earwax removed professionally as some methods of at home earwax removal can cause damage to the ear canal. Cotton swabs or Q-tips as there also known as –  are one of the most popular ear cleaning options. They’re cheap, available in every supermarket, chemist, shopping center and are easy to use. However, did you know by doing this you risk putting wax further down your ear canal? At the beginning, it will just a small quantity of ear wax around the ear canal. But the more you push the ear wax deeper into your ear, the more wax builds up. Eventually, you’ve pushed so much wax into your ear that you have developed an ear plug of wax deep in the ear canal, and you can block the canal completely – leading to reduced hearing and a long lasting ringing sounds (Tinnitus).

A build up of ear wax in the ear canal can form plugs of ear wax and it causes a feeling of fullness & dulled hearing. A build up of ear wax can also cause a ringing in the ear (Tinnitus) or even a mild type of dizziness (Vertigo). Your ears are fragile and also can easily be ruptured by using cotton swabs.

There are many ways to clean your ears safely – Hidden Hearing recommends Ear Irrigation.

Professional Ear Irrigation (Syringing)

For those who want a safe solution, ear irrigation is an effective option to consider. Hidden Hearing offer earwax removal.

Note: DO NOT try this at home! Visit your local Hidden Hearing Clinic & seek advice from your local Ear Wax Removal Specialist or Audiologist.

Simply put, the treatment involves water injected from a syringe into your ear. Our Ear Wax Removal Specialists applying the treatment will point the tip of the syringe at the edges of the ear wax, with the goal of loosening up large chunks or globs of wax.

Once the wax is loosened, it can be removed with medical tweezers. It is a highly efficient ear-cleaning method, and it can get rid of ear wax blockages.

We recommend that before your Ear Wax Removal Appointment, you use ear drops 2/3 times daily for 3-5 days before your appointment.

Types of ear drops that can be used:

  • Olive Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Sodium Bicarbonate ear drops
  • Sodium Chloride ear drops

How to use ear drops 3/5 days before your Ear Wax Removal Appointment

  • Start your appointment preparation 3/5 days before hand
  • Pour a few drops into the affected ear 2/3 times a day for up to 5 days
  • When you pour the few drops into your ear, lie with the affected ear uppermost
  • Stay in this position for 2-3 minutes to allow the drops to soak into the earwax

Noel Cullen  – Hidden Hearing Senior Audiologist Top Wax Tip – 

“Before bed, apply the ear drops or olive oil to the ear and then put some cotton wool with a smear of Vaseline on the inside of into the ear & sleep like that. The earwax is softened and it often breaks up if you put in drops at least once a day for 3/5 days”.

How Often Should You Clean Your Ears?

There is no one answer to this as everyone’s body produces ear wax at a different rate, so it’s impossible for doctors,  to give a definitive answer. Genetics, diet and exercise can all be other factors effecting wax build up. Our professional ear wax removal specialists can advise you on what frequency you should clean your ears.

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