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Best way to clean earwax?

Pearljam5000

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(not sure if this is rhe right Forum)
But how do you clean your ears without damaging them? I've had earwax since forever and it kills the enjoyment from sound unfortunately.
 

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If you already have a lot of build up use a liquid earwax cleaner to get them flushed out.

After that, just use qtips daily after showering to keep them clean.

Maybe use the liquid cleaner periodically afterwards if you have especially waxy ears.
 

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earwicks :). Sorry, couldn’t resist making a Dad joke.
 

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I have same problem. And have both ears 'flushed' by Nurse during my annual physical. Nothing inserted into ears. Just syringe of warm water. A bit messy, and I grit my teeth a bit as the stream hits the eardrums .. but result is thorough removal..
 

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I have been using Q Tips, in my ears, very regularly for over 55 years and have not hurt myself. On the rare ocassions when Drs look into my ear I tell them that I have the cleanest ears that they will ever see which is likely true. Occasionally I will apply medications to the Q tips such as NeoSporin (one of the great inventions of western civ) ,Fluticasone or USP white mineral oil (instead of olive oil).

The notion that you should never insert a q tip, is very silly, in my not humble opinion. Why would you think your own hand is less steady than someone elses? I would never let anyone else clean the earwax out of my ears. That is much much more hazardous.

BTW flushing your ears with cold or warm water results in "caloric" testing of your otoliths and in many individuals will result in violent vertigo. The water should be between 93 and 99 degrees fahrenheit. Measured with an accurate thermometer.

In the USA a typical ENT office visit will result in about a $300 bill. Even if his nurse does the deed.

The advent of modern miniaturized electronics means you can buy a tiny earcam outfit and watch what you are doing. But I have been doing it by feel for more than half a century. (They are down to $27)

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https://www.amazon.com/s?k=earcam&g...937979&tag=googhydr-20&ref=pd_sl_87iaatqu30_e
 
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I don't think that's a good idea.

Using the hydrogen peroxide or oil washes daily isn't really practical and I need daily cleaning to keep my IEMs from getting first gross, and then ruined by earwax.

If your physiology doesn't necessitate it then by all means skip it.

Not quite correct. It's an EXTREMELY, HORRIBLY BAD idea. DO NOT INSERT ANYTHING, INCLUDING Q-TIPS, INTO YOUR EAR CANAL!

In other news, it is also recommended to hire a live in optometrist to put in your contacts. :rolleyes:
 

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Are you listening to music at very loud levels a lot?

Excessive production of earwax is typically body's natural defense mechanism to protect the ear drums.
 
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