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I just went to the doctor for the second time to have my left ear cleaned out. There was a large ball of wax in there. I don't know why it's always my left ear (never the right) that clogs up. I'd like to prevent it if possible. The doctor suggested putting shampoo in it and rinsing it out when I shower. I've never heard that before.

Has anyone else tried something like this, or is there a better way?
[QUOTE=genxsis]I just went to the doctor for the second time to have my left ear cleaned out. There was a large ball of wax in there. I don't know why it's always my left ear (never the right) that clogs up. I'd like to prevent it if possible. The doctor suggested putting shampoo in it and rinsing it out when I shower. I've never heard that before.

Has anyone else tried something like this, or is there a better way?[/QUOTE]
My husband has the same problem. Anyone who works in dirty environment or where there is a lot of noise tend to get this wax build up. He bought an ear syringe at the drug store and washes his ears out with that periodically, especially if he feels them starting to clog. Since he has been doing this, he has not had to go to a doctor to have his ears cleaned. The ear syringe is bacially a rubber ball with a point to fit inside the ear. Fill it with warm water and just squeeze. I hope this helps.
Hi,

I always take 1/3 water and 2/3 hydrogen peroxide and put some in my ears, put cotton balls in and leave for about 5 minutes and then drain them.

This softens the wax, remember your ears make wax to protect things from getting inside, you don't want to clean your ears out 100%.

I made a mistake once with Q-tips, please don't put these in your ears, I ruptured my eardrum and I can't hear out of my left ear.

Let nature take its course. Peroxide and water is cheap, doctors are expensive. If you do this once a week, you will no longer need a doctors help for this.

JC
The purists scream, and always add nothing smaller than your elbow should be put into the ear. But for 65 years I have found a bobby pin or the car ignition key do a wonderful job!!!!!

My kids almost always hollered at me, but I also have had an ear that itches like crazy, and the car key is a lifesaver, plus I almost always had the key in my pocket. Right handy.

Jim
I've used Q-tips to clean my ears for the big part of my 70 years. A good cleaning couple times a week keeps them clear of wax.

I've never had any problems from using Q-tips... my wife has also used them most of her life.

Has worked great for all these years for us.

And we have never needed our ears cleaned by a doctor.
[COLOR=Navy]I disagree for the most part, with using q-tips. I used to always use them, and it does clear out some if you only clean the very outer edge, but if you try to go any further in, it can push some of the wax deeper into your ear causing build up and even infections. I was lectured by an ENT for getting a couple of really bad ear infections this way! Q-tips can feel really good, too, which makes them tempting to use, but I really think they are generally not a good idea.

And I was also told that peroxide wasn't a good idea either as it can inflame the ear. Is this true? I used to use it, too, but stopped after yet another ear infection that I wasn't sure if it was caused/aggitated by q-tips or the peroxide. Probably both.

Jaz
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[QUOTE=audiogirl] and when you get your ears cleaned professionally,

Although when you use Q-tips, some wax does appear on the cotton portion of the Q-tip; however this small amount of wax is nothing compared to the amount in your ear. Therefore, you are actually causing the wax to go further into your ear canal and middle ear cavity closer to your eardrum. This causes the wax to form a plug against the eardrum and may cause a temporary mild-moderate conductive hearing loss until proper removal. [/QUOTE]

Good post.

Cleaned professionally... I've never needed that in 70 years. (My ears have been examined by medical doctors and audiologist).
Q tips work great for me but I agree with you and the others, Q tips could be a serious problem if not used correctly.





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