Having difficulty hearing? Probably the most common cause of temporary hearing loss is a build up of ear wax within the outer ear canal. If you are reasonably confident that ear wax is the resource for your temporary hearing loss, you almost certainly want to clean out your ears. Although this is a natural wish, it is vital to know how to clean your ears safely, without causing damage to your hearing or to the sensitive tissues of your ear.
It is best to start with a few tips on what not to do when trying to remove ear wax. Never stick any solid objects in your ear. Regardless of whether it‚Äôs a cotton swab or other tool, you are very likely to make the condition even worse by further compacting the ear wax if you start poking around in your ear. Under no circumstances, use any device that injects water under pressure. The stream of pressurized water can rupture your eardrum. Lastly, if you’re sure that you have a ruptured ear drum, leave cleaning your ears to a specialist. The same holds true if you suspect you have an ear infection. If you suspect an infection, common indications to look for include vomiting or diarrhea, fluid draining from the ears, ear pain and fever.
For safe and effective home ear cleaning, all you need is a syringe or bulb of some kind at the pharmacy and a special solution with which to rinse out the ears. Get the rinse solution (usually carbamide peroxide) at a drug store or prepare your own by combining equal amounts 3 to 4 percent, glycerin and mineral oil.
To apply it, lay down on your side over a towel or lean to one side over a sink and slowly squeeze the carbamide peroxide solution into one ear, without actually touching the inside of the ear with the bulb or syringe. Allow the carbamide peroxide solution to linger in your ear for a couple of minutes (or, if using hydrogen peroxide, until you stop hearing bubbling), and then repeat the process for the other side.
The solution will soften and loosen the accrued ear wax so that it can be washed out. Use lukewarm water to wash each ear and towel dry. As before, don’t insert anything into the ear while drying. If your ears still feel blocked, repeat a couple of times per day for 2-3 days. If the problem continues, seek advice from a hearing specialist or audiologist for assistance.