Many people wonder how to get rid of ear wax, but they really don't know what it is or what purpose it serves. Earwax, or cerumen, is the soft, shiny stuff that is made in your outer ear canal. The outer ear canal is the area between the part of your ear that you can see, and the middle part of your ear. Earwax actually serves a purpose. It can aid in lubrication and cleansing of the ear as well as keeping the skin of the inner ear soft and protected. It also has special properties that help keep bacteria and infections out of your ears. If you've ever suffered from an inner ear infection, you know how painful this can be! Earwax also serves the purpose of keeping dust, water, and anything else that can harm the eardrum from travelling further into the ear canal.
How to Get Rid of Ear Wax by Seeing a Physician
Once the wax is produced in your ears, it is usually removed naturally when you bathe, or falls out on its own. Sometimes, however the earwax builds up and needs to be removed by you or a medical professional. Excess buildup of earwax can occur for a number of reasons including a narrowing of the ear canal because of an infection, producing a less fluid form of earwax which occurs as we age, and an overproduction of cerumen due to a trauma or blockage in the ear canal. If an overproduction of earwax has occurred and is inhibiting your hearing, you may have to have a physician remove it through a process called lavaging. They may also use special tools, or prescribe ear drops to loosen up the impacted ear wax.
How to Get Rid of Ear Wax Yourself
If you would rather try to remove earwax yourself, there are a number of over the counter products that can help such as Debrox or Murine Ear Drops. These products will soften up the earwax and gives you a sort of bulb-shaped tool that will allow you to squirt warm water safely into the ear to remove the softened wax. Home remedies can also be used. One of the best ear wax removal home remedies is to remove excessive ear wax by placing drops of heated olive oil into the ear to soften the earwax, and after a few minutes, using the same bulb-shaped tool to squirt warm water into the ear to remove the softened earwax from your ears. Oh and let's not forget about ear wax candle.
How to Get Rid of Ear Wax the Safe Way
If after using any of the above methods for removing the wax you still feel like your ear is blocked, you will need to go see a physician. There is a possibility that there is a tear or hole in the eardrum and using these over the counter methods may actually do more damage to the ear. If you are concerned that you may already have a tear in your ear drum, do not attempt any of these ear wax removal techniques until you have seen a doctor.
It is always very important to remember never to put anything into your ear such as a q-tip, your finger or a sharp object such as a bobbypin to try to remove excessive wax. These can compact the ear wax even further or damage the ear drum.