The ear canal is a 3cm tunnel ending at the eardrum. The sides of the tunnel are covered with skin and have small glands which produce wax. The wax is important to waterproof and protect the skin of the tunnel. Usually, ears are self-cleaning and the excess wax works itself out. But occasionally, a large build-up of wax can cause some temporary loss of hearing.
How To Get Rid Of Ear Wax
It is important to use ear drops in the first instance to clear ear wax. This should be used 3 times a day for AT LEAST 5-10 days. This will clear most wax build ups. Please do not use cotton-buds or ear candles – these can do real damage to the ear canal and drum. Once the ears are clear of wax, it can be helpful to continue to use the drops twice a week to help keep them clear. If you are suffering from hearing loss and you don’t know why, or if you have other ear symptoms e.g. unpleasant discharge/pain, or you have been told you have already got a perforated ear drum, then you should see a GP or nurse.
How To Use Ear Drops
1. Use olive oil or sodium bicarbonate ear drops (available from a pharmacy). Have the drops at room temperature for use.
2. Lay on your side with the affected ear uppermost and put 3-5 drops into the ear canal. Let the drops soak in for at least 5 minutes.
3. You can use some cotton wool (dampened with water or Vaseline) placed at the entrance to the canal to stop drips running out as you get up afterwards.
4. Repeat for the other ear if necessary
This method is EFFECTIVE and SAFE.