Greg Clements of Clements Hearing Service in Glasgow wrote a great article on why you need to be careful about using one of those earwax removal kits you can get online. You like your ear drums right? We do too, and if you want to keep them you need to listen!
So Greg offers earwax removal in Glasgow, his weapon of choice is microsuction earwax removal because his Patients love it. He wrote a great article and we thought it was worth reproducing some of it here. Recently he had heard from a few people who were enquiring about the home earwax removal kits that were available on the internet. He was a bit horrified, to be honest, but he could see the advantage for some people to use them as a maintenance tool to reduce earwax buildup. The one thing he wanted to get across though was that doing it yourself has risks and if you are determined to do it, you need to be gentle. I will hand you over to Greg.
This article first appeared on Greg's blog, it can be read there in full at How To Remove Earwax
Have an ear wax blockage problem and like your ear drums? Yes we do too, you need to read the rest of the article!
Doing it at home
As I said, there are kits that can be bought on the internet for earwax removal. They are normally made up of some sort of a solution and a syringe or squeeze bulb to introduce it into the ear canal. If your ears are blocked enough to be causing you problems, these kits probably are not going to do the job for you. If you do decide to try out these kits, be careful!
Burst eardrum is impressively painful!
These kits are generally great for maintenance or preventing a build up if used regularly. If you are going to use them, be careful, when introducing the solution into your ear canal, do it gently. If you do it too forcefully there is a chance that you can rupture (burst) your ear drum. Believe me, you will regret it if you do, the pain of a perforated ear drum done through trauma is apparently something you will never forget!
Delicate bones in your middle ear you know!
Not just that, if you put too much pressure on it, you can force the fluid into the middle ear cavity. This could damage the middle ear bones at worst, or cause a middle ear infection at best. So be warned, soft and gentle.
Remember, gentle and comfortable?
Like I said, gentle and comfortable earwax removal by a professional, we promise not to blow out your eardrum!
Like we said, we think this is pretty good advice, the kits may be useful to reduce earwax buildup. In the right hands they may also be good to remove a blockage, but those hands have to be gentle. irrigation earwax removal is a gentle process that takes some time. That is why many professionals have moved to micro suction earwax removal. It is easier and tends to be quicker, it also tends to be less messy. You can read everything you need to know about professional ear wax removal here.