Keeping ears clean
Sep 16, 2010 at 9:06 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 85

darknessproz

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Not sure where to post this, so i think this might be the best place. I know of the importance of keeping the ear canals clean when wearing IEM's. But just how do i do this?
 
Sep 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM Post #2 of 85

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Qtips of course!
 
Sep 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM Post #3 of 85

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Lie down on your side with your ear facing the ceiling and pour a capfull of hydrogen peroxide directly in the ear canal. Let it bubble for a while, then use a paper towel and water to rinse. Do the same for the other ear. Shower afterwards of course.
 
Q tips work, but you must be careful with them.
 
Sep 16, 2010 at 11:10 PM Post #4 of 85

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Q tips can push wax in deeper, plus you can damage your tympanic membrane if you go in too deeply.



I like this much better:



http://www.ototekloop.com/



It is thin so it can get to the side of or behind the wax, plus it has a protective block to prevent you from inflicting serious injury to yourself.

Coupla bucks at most drug stores. Check the ear section where you also find ear plugs/protectors.
 
Sep 16, 2010 at 11:25 PM Post #5 of 85

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Yeah, Q-tips can end up pushing the wax further =P.
 
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Lie down on your side with your ear facing the ceiling and pour a capfull of hydrogen peroxide directly in the ear canal. Let it bubble for a while, then use a paper towel and water to rinse. Do the same for the other ear. Shower afterwards of course.
 
Q tips work, but you must be careful with them.


From what i know, Peroxide is not recommended because it can get behind the wax and fizz up without much free room.  This could be dangerous, especially if the wax is close to the eardrum.  Could cause unwanted pressure.
 
Try a couple of drops of almond oil.  That should soften up the wax.  Follow this up by flushing out the ear with warm water (maybe a little peroxide) a couple of times.  Should get most of the wax out.
 
Just a heads-up, make sure you're not allergic to the oil first.
Try putting some on your arm or something a night before and see if you have any reactions the next day.
 
If that doesn't work, go to a physician.  The safest way to get wax out without damaging ears =P.
 
Sep 16, 2010 at 11:49 PM Post #6 of 85

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Quote:
Lie down on your side with your ear facing the ceiling and pour a capfull of hydrogen peroxide directly in the ear canal. Let it bubble for a while, then use a paper towel and water to rinse. Do the same for the other ear. Shower afterwards of course.
 
Q tips work, but you must be careful with them.


2nd this... I use peroxide about once a month.. followed by some distilled water with just a bit of alcohol in it to rinse out.. got this info from a well respected, licensed and practicing M.D.  You can buy "ear wax removal kits" at the drug store if you want to spend more $$ - but if you look at the ingredients on the bottle in the kit - you will see it has peroxide in it.  Only diff is that it is dispersed in an oily base about the viscosity of baby oil.  I have used these kits before - but they take longer - you have to leave the stuff in your ear longer if you really have a wax build up problem.  I've had no issues using just plain ole Hyd. Peroxide. 
 
 
Sep 17, 2010 at 12:10 AM Post #7 of 85

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Quote:
Q tips can push wax in deeper, plus you can damage your tympanic membrane if you go in too deeply.

I like this much better:

http://www.ototekloop.com/
 


A Qtip  with training wheels...
 
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Try a couple of drops of almond oil.  That should soften up the wax.  Follow this up by flushing out the ear with warm water (maybe a little peroxide) a couple of times.  Should get most of the wax out.
 
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If that doesn't work, go to a physician.  The safest way to get wax out without damaging ears =P.


Not exactly convenient for everyday use either.  A hot shower will soften it and a Qtip will sweep it right out.  Then use peroxide every month or two to clean up the rest of it.
 
People freak out about the tiniest things these days.  Cleaning your ears with Qtips is no more dangerous to your hearing than putting in contacts is dangerous to your sight.
 
Sep 17, 2010 at 3:59 AM Post #13 of 85

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Qtips won't push a wax plug deeper if you don't have a wax plug to begin with. If your ears are seriously gunked up, have them professionally cleaned. After they're clear, you can carefully use Qtips every day to keep them clean.

I rinse my ears every day in the shower, which loosens the wax. After I get out, Qtips take out whatever is in there.

I get the dry, flaky kind of wax, so I occasionally use a Japanese mimikaki tool to gently remove anything rattling around. But the daily use of Qtips after a shower keeps this to a minimum.

You won't hurt yourself if you're careful. It's not any more delicate than knowing not to poke yourself in the eye if you're putting in a contact or sawing into your gums with floss.
 
Sep 17, 2010 at 7:08 AM Post #14 of 85

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I use this:
 

 
It's cheap and easy - like any good date!
 
Sep 17, 2010 at 7:56 AM Post #15 of 85

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Chandler to Joey: Ok, you have to stop the Q-tip when there's resistance!
 

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