Since Q-Tips are so DANGEROUS, what should I do to remove impacted earwax ?
When impacted earwax is found in the outer ear canal, it might cause a temporary conductive hearing loss and ear pain. Impacted earwax must be adequately removed to restore normal hearing acuity as soon as possible.
Q-TIPS MUST NOT BE USED TO REMOVE EARWAX AS THEY MIGHT CAUSE INJURY TO THE EAR AND ARE INEFFECTIVE IN REMOVING IMPACTED EARWAX.
Home kits are put together to facilitate earwax removal. These easy to use kits include an over the counter ear-drop formula used to soften earwax. They also include a water syringe with a specialized ear tip to allow for safe irrigation of the ear after the earwax has been softened. A handheld tub is used to collect the water coming out of the ear.
Olive oil and other natural oil products can also be used as an alternative softener of earwax.
If you do not feel comfortable removing earwax yourself, have it removed by a professional. Your audiologist will be able to guide you to the proper health care professional that is accredited for this procedure. In the province of Quebec, earwax removal procedures are done by ENT specialists and accredited nurses.
You can find home use earwax removal products at ODYO SHOP, our affiliated online store.
Sometimes earwax accumulation in your ears could cause temporary hearing loss. Take a hearing test to get to the bottom of it.
A lot of Q-tips alternatives exist, here you can find some of them.
Hany Ghonaim, audiologist
Hany is an audiologist that specializes in tinnitus, hearing loss for adults and vertigo. He has been serving ODYO’s clients for the past 5 years in the greater montreal area.