Ear wax is a constant concern for many patients. It can cause additional hearing loss as well as plug up hearing aids, rendering them temporarily useless. People often ask, “what is the best way to keep my ears clean?” Depending on the patient’s ear history, this advice can vary, however, I typically recommend one of two approaches.
Using hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy) and an eye dropper, place 2-3 drops in the ear canal and tilt your head (or lay on your side), allowing the peroxide to stay in the ear for at least 30 seconds or up to a minute. Then sit up or bring your head back to normal position so that the liquid can drain out, soaking up the liquid with a cotton ball or Kleenex. This process dries up the wax and breaks it down, allowing it to fall out of the ear canal. I recommend doing this once a month.
The second option is to make an appointment with Dr. Rierson. A popular choice amongst our patients, the Earigator™ flushes ear wax painlessly in less than five minutes. This can bring instant relief to someone whose ears are painfully plugged up, it is almost like a spa treatment for your ears! There is a minimal charge for this procedure.
If you are feeling uneasy about at-home ear wax removal, make an appointment with us today! Not only can we remove ear wax right in our office, but also provide you with guidance on how to do it at home if you are interested in learning. We can also remove ear-wax build-up from your hearing aid to maximize their efficiency.