How to Clean Your Ears

By Russell McMahon, Marketing Director

I’m trying to vary what I write about, so this will be my first ‘tips’ article - keeping it relative to earphones by writing about ear care.

Earwax (also called cerumen) is necessary for the ear’s self-cleaning mechanism to work properly (it traps dust and germs and is pushed out by tiny little hairs), but when it builds up too much it’s important to clean it out. Most of the time this falls out naturally taking the dirt with it, but when it starts affecting your hearing, causes a ringing sound or discomfort you should get it seen to.

Home Cleaning
Some people use there fingers or insert cotton buds (or other objects) deep into the ear in an attempt to get rid of earwax. This is dangerous as it can easily force earwax deeper inside the ear causing blockage, maybe even damaging the fragile eardrum. Cotton buds or a damp wash cloth can be used to clean the outside of the ear, but not the inner, and this is best done after a hot, steamy shower.

If you are experiencing any problems from earwax blockage then there affordable solution you can do it home. Olive oil, mineral oil or baby oil, which can be bought at almost any local store, does the trick.

STEPS:

What you need: dropper, oil, cloth.

1. Fill a medicine dropper with the oil.
2. Tilt your head to the side so the ear with the blockage points upwards.
3. Put a couple of drops into the ear and stay in the same position for about 5 minutes.
4. Tilt your head so the ear faces downwards and residue liquid fall out into a cloth.
5. Repeat, if necessary, one or two times a day for several days.


You can also by earwax cleaning solutions which contain Hydrogen Peroxide in a pharmacy, but it really does the same job as the oil. Save yourself the cash, at least with oil you can cook up some nice grub.

See an Audiologist
 If the problems persist, you think it’s serious or you’d rather see a professional than tackling it yourself, then go and see an audiologist. As you get older you’re body gets less efficient at doing the job, so you’ll probably have to at some point in your life. The doctor will vacuum the ear using light suction or pressurized water to unblock the ear wax.