4 Dangers Of DIY Ear Wax Removal At Home

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Attempting ear wax removal at home could make your blocked ears worse – and it could even leave you injured. Although many people try DIY ear wax removal with cotton swabs, ear candles, or cotton buds, these can come with multiple risks, from impacting ear wax further in your ear to potentially puncturing your eardrum.

Instead of trying ear wax removal at home, we recommend booking an appointment for microsuction ear wax removal with a professional. Not ready to abandon your DIY ear wax removal attempts? Read on to find out exactly what damage you could be causing to your ears – you’ll soon be ready to book an appointment.

1. You Could Damage Your Ears

Trying your hand at ear wax removal at home could cause serious damage to your ears – potentially even leaving you with hearing loss. Your ears are very delicate, and the slightest bit of pressure can inflict damage, which could cause your eardrums to rupture. For example, if you use an ear wax scoop for DIY ear wax removal tool, you could scrape your ear canal skin, your ear drum (tympanic membrane), piercing your ear drum, risking hearing loss.

Although piercing your ear drum as a result of ear wax removal at home is an injury that can heal, it can be extremely unpleasant and painful, and may lead to conductive hearing loss (the inability to hear faint sounds). This isn’t worth the risk, so always avoid removing ear wax at home. We see many patients following failed attempts at ear wax removal at home and they often present with significant trauma to their ear canals or ear drums, or infections.

2. Ear Wax Can Become Even More Impacted

Removing ear wax at home also comes with a danger of impacting the ear wax even deeper in your ear, particularly if you’re using cotton buds or an ear scoop. If you push wax too far into your ear, you could cause a blockage, as well as discomfort. As a result, you could be left with an ear infection, you might damage the delicate skin lining of your ears, and you may even experience hearing loss.

If you do experience this after attempting ear wax removal at home, a medical professional can use ear microsuction to remove the impacted wax, ensuring your ear canal stays clean and healthy. Microsuction is a safe removal of ear wax that makes sure it doesn’t become compressed even further.

3. There’s A Risk Of Infection

Attempting ear wax removal at home also comes with a risk of infection. Inserting any foreign object into your ear canal is never a good idea, as you can disturb your ear’s natural bacteria flora, increasing your risk of infection. Ear wax plays a key role in trapping and slowing the growth of bacteria in your ear canal, so it’s important not to take away too much when you’re trying ear wax removal at home.

In addition, washing your ears out when you’re removing ear wax at home can upset the natural pH balance of your ears, risking water becoming trapped in there. This can increase the risk of an infection, as it leaves your already dark, warm, and moist ear canal even more vulnerable to infection.

If you try ear wax removal at home with a cotton swab or scoop, you’re risking pushing the ear wax even further into your ear, which could result in a painful infection that leaves you feeling sick, losing your balance, and lacking energy.

4. You Can’t See What You’re Doing

When you attempt ear wax removal at home, you can’t see what you’re doing, which means the risk of injuring yourself or getting something in your ear is quite high. What’s more, you may have perforated eardrums that you don’t know about – these require a unique approach when you’re cleaning your ears, but if you’re unaware you have them, you could be risking damaging your eardrums.

Instead of DIY ear wax removal, we recommend microsuction ear wax removal, which allows the clinician to see clearly inside your ear to target the wax more effectively. Our ear microsuction clinicians will always perform an otoscopy before performing the procedure so they can recognise and identify any abnormalities.

Say Goodbye To Ear Wax Removal At Home

Put your attempts at ear wax removal at home behind you for good and give microsuction ear wax removal a go instead. While DIY ear wax removal may save you money in the short term, it can lead to extra costs in the long term if you leave yourself needing treatment for a blocked ear canal or even hearing loss.

At Ear Care Lab, our team of ear microsuction clinicians are trained in this precise, efficient method of ear wax removal. At home, you can’t see inside your own ear, but our clinicians will be able to see a magnified view of your ear canal, making the procedure highly safe, effective, and also more comfortable than ear syringing. Find out more about the benefits of ear microsuction vs ear syringing.

Microsuction ear wax removal involves using a small suction device to remove wax from the ear in a process that isn’t too dissimilar to vacuuming the wax from the ear. As it can be much more targeted than ear syringing, it’s an all-round more comfortable and efficient procedure. Read our ear microsuction FAQs to learn more about exactly what this ear wax removal procedure involves.

Say goodbye to DIY ear wax removal once and for all and visit our clinic at the Corfton Road Surgery in Ealing, north-west London. We welcome patients from Chiswick, Hounslow, Acton, Harrow, Richmond, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent, and Kensington and Chelsea for specialist ear microsuction procedures.

Book an appointment today to experience the benefits of microsuction ear wax removal yourself. Our friendly experts are always happy to offer help and advice on clearing your ears in a safe and effective way.

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