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I've gone deaf in one ear, and am putting olive oil in it with a dropper to loosen up the wax.
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Thanks, if the olive oil does'nt work I'll try that.
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I find these work good, especially if used now and then to prevent excessive buildup.

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I should have gone deaf ages ago but somehow didn't. I can hear probably better than my younger sister can and she has never used headphones (which I have done all my life).

I don't clean my ears often. Sometimes I get a bit of an odd sound on low frequencies because of wax buildup. I don't think I'd put olive oil in my ears. I don't like the way it smells. It stinks.

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Had this happen once. Went to ENT and they have a machine to suck it out, but I have decent insurance so it was covered by that.

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My ears used to clog often when I was a kid. I used to go to the pediatrician and they would flush them out with water and a syringe.

Now I have to have them cleaned every 5 years or so. The last time I went, they used a machine with a hose that sprays it out. Then after that the doctor scraped out whatever was left. Was a bit painful but it was amazing how much I could hear after.

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For those of you going to the doctor's office to get your ears cleaned from wax, why don't you just use cotton swabs at home?
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For those of you going to the doctor's office to get your ears cleaned from wax, why don't you just use cotton swabs at home?
It's a huge accumulation of hard wax that also sticks to the interior of the canal like a scab. You should never use swabs yourself in your ear anyway. It's dangerous. It has to be professionally done.

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Since it's so severe that it's closed off your hearing, anything you do yourself will not work and will likely make it worse. Putting in Debrox drops is a good idea to soften it for removal by a professional. For its actual removal you won't be able to flush it and shouldn't try to pick it out. You'll need to go to the doctor and have it professionally removed. They use water to flush and a metal instrument to scrape out what is left. It's actually a little bit of work they have to do even as a professional, so you're not going to get it out on your own even though it seems like you should be able to. I get this done every few years because I have a lot of build-up; several people in my family do as well. It's a fun time, really.

Once I had it removed and the doctor came in after the nurse cleaned me and said both ears were good. I went home and still felt full in one ear, and thought that it was water that was trapped. Still feeling full a few days later, I went back and was told the ear was still full of wax. So someone didn't know what they were looking at.

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Q-tips kind of terrify me. Even before doctors were against it shoving sticks in your ears never seemed like a good idea to me.
When I have ear wax I can usually get it out with suction from my little finger. Never had to resort to a doctor.
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I irrigate mine about once a month using one of these things filled with warm water:





I've blasted some pea size chunks out before. Never had to go to the doctor.
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^I don't do that, but probably should. That's why mine builds up over several years to the point that it closes off.

Check out some YouTube videos of ear wax removal. It's pretty amazing how large it can get.


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You should never use swabs yourself in your ear anyway. It's dangerous. It has to be professionally done.
That was probably said to you by someone who wants to get paid to clean your ears. I've been cleaning my ears with cotton swabs every day for the last 30+ years and have never had anything bad happen to me because of it. It's common practice where I live. Everybody cleans their own ears and has no need to visit the doctor for that. Never heard of any bad consequences arising from that.
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That was probably said to you by someone who wants to get paid to clean your ears. I've been cleaning my ears with cotton swabs every day for the last 30+ years and have never had anything bad happen to me because of it. It's common practice where I live. Everybody cleans their own ears and has no need to visit the doctor for that. Never heard of any bad consequences arising from that.
You want to shove a swab up your ear canal near your eardrum and risk messing with that? Go ahead. Going that far is what is necessary for people who have a huge amount of build-up like the original poster, and you can't do it yourself.

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You want to shove a swab up your ear canal near your eardrum and risk messing with that? Go ahead. Going that far is what is necessary for people who have a huge amount of build-up like the original poster, and you can't do it yourself.
As with anything, cotton swabs should be used with common sense. Obviously you shouldn't shove them deep and hard enough to perforate your eardrums. Take for example ear plugs - they're considered safe to administer yourself. Why would it be OK to shove ear plugs into one's ear canal, yet cleaning it with cotton swabs is considered "dangerous"? If cleaned regularly, a person won't get to the stage where they need medical assistance to clean their ears.

Also, build-up of wax in the ears looks nasty, and is especially visible with men (and women) with short hair. Another reason why ear cleaning should be part of one's daily hygiene ritual
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You should never use swabs yourself in your ear anyway. It's dangerous. It has to be professionally done.
Just have to do it regularly & with common sense, I've never had my ears professionally cleaned, or used anything other than Q-tips.






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