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Cleaning Your Ears

Learn what you can do about clogged ears.

Clogged Ears and Earwax Buildup

Earwax is your body's natural defender, trapping dirt and dead skin and stopping them from getting deeper into your ear. Too much of a good thing results in clogged ears, but cleaning your ears too frequently and deeply can also be problematic. Understanding how to balance the two is the answer to better ear health.

Common Causes for excessive earwax:

  • Frequent use of earbuds
  • Swimming and other water activities
  • Improper cleaning of hearing aids
  • Unique ears structure (hereditary)

Cleaning Ears Safely

Standard steps for cleaning your ears should focus on the external portion of the ear. Using soap and a washcloth, gently clean behind the earlobe to remove dirt and oil, and do the same for the outermost portion of the earlobe. Use a towel to dry the outer ear thoroughly. Hearing experts advise against using anything such as cotton swabs or your finger to clean inside the ear canal. Often, the wax may work itself out of the ear with patience.

Ear Clogs and What to Do

If you’re wondering how to unclog ears in more severe cases, you can try softening the impacted wax to loosen it. Using a dropper, add some warm water or a saline solution to the affected side, keeping your ear facing up to allow the liquid to sit in the ear. After a few minutes, let the solution drain out of the ear while moving your jaw. Dab the outside of the ear with a clean cloth.

Symptoms of Clogged Ears

We strongly encourage individuals experiencing ear problems to seek professional help. While removing a blockage on your own is tempting, improper cleaning techniques can potentially cause further harm to your ears, such as pushing the wax deeper into the canal or perforating the eardrum. We offer safe, effective solutions for earwax buildup, ensuring your ear health is managed correctly.

Contact our hearing experts if you're experiencing:

  • A sensation of fullness in the ears
  • Difficulty hearing anything other than loud noises
  • Itching or earache
  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ear
  • Drainage from the ear

Expert Support

Sometimes, a blockage needs a little extra help. Blockages can also indicate other hearing issues. We recommend getting professional support. While removing a blockage on your own is tempting, improper cleaning techniques can potentially cause further harm to your ears, such as pushing the wax deeper into the canal or perforating the eardrum. Our hearing experts provide safe, effective solutions for earwax buildup, ensuring your ear health is managed correctly. Our hearing experts can help you with blockages and beyond:

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