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How to Remove Ear Wax at Home

Updated on December 15, 2011

Despite being considered a bit of a nuisance, ear wax is actually beneficial to our health and it is natural that we have some. From time to time however, the build up of ear wax becomes faster than usual causing an excessive build up of wax. Thankfully, this is easily remedied by learning how to remove ear wax at home.

Before carrying out any of these procedures however, please consider whether this needs doing or whether you are perhaps being a little over sensitive about your ear wax. Of course, no one wants their ear wax to fall out whilst in company but don’t forget that it also offers protection for the inner ear so complete removal is not only unlikely but highly undesirable.

If you do have an excess build up of ear way though, the following will teach you how to remove ear wax at home safely and easily.

First of all, you should soften the ear wax. You can purchase earwax drops from a chemist that will do this or to use one of the oldest home remedies by putting a few drops of olive oil into your ears. To do this, simply lie on your side and put the drops in, staying in that position for a few minutes to allow the oil to penetrate the wax. You may well find that if you carry out this procedure for a few days, the excess wax will fall out on its own accord. One word of warning though; if you have a perforated eardrum, you should consult your doctor and not put drops of any kind into your ear unless advised by your doctor.

If the above procedure does not succeed, it may be that your wax build is too advanced and it may not be possible to remove the ear wax at home and you may have to visit your doctor. If you do this, the likelihood, if he considers it serious enough, is that he will perform ear irrigation which involves pushing warm water into the ear via a large syringe. These are now likely to be electronic syringes which build the pressure up gradually to avoid any damage to the inner ear. This should always be carried out by a doctor and should never be tried at home.

Ear wax build up is natural but you can learn how to remove ear wax at home if it becomes excessive
Ear wax build up is natural but you can learn how to remove ear wax at home if it becomes excessive

Although this procedure does feel a little strange, it isn’t an unpleasant sensation and you may well be surprised to see how much wax and other debris comes from your ears (presuming the doctor will show you of course). You are likely to be asked to wear ear plugs or cotton wool for a while afterwards as your hearing will be ultra sensitive and loud sounds could be quite disturbing. Your hearing will return to normal shortly afterwards though as a natural build up of wax starts all over again.

Perhaps the most common way that people learn how to remove ear wax at home is the old fashioned cotton bud or perhaps even a harder object. I have even known a friend who unfolds paper clips and uses those. Needless to say, this is extremely dangerous and could cause a loss of hearing altogether, or at least some significant damage to the ear.


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    • Robert Pummer profile image

      Robert Pummer 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Interesting technique ...

    • ThroughGlass profile image

      ThroughGlass 6 years ago from London

      interesting actually.

      Maybe i will try this.

      I have always been interested in super sonic hearing. ha.


      but i have heard cotton swabs push the ear wax in the ear farther, making it worse.