There's something on Amazon called an Elephant Ear. $30 seems a little much for a plastic bottle and some tubing, but it's got to be cheaper than a doctor. I've used mine three times in three years and each time, out plopped an impressive, firm wad of ear gunk along with a little "pop!", followed by deliciously crisp hearing. It's awesome.
At this point, I look forward to impacted wax just to get the satisfaction of cleaning it out.
Yep. I have really waxy ears, and they once got so clogged that I couldn't hear. Doctor used one of these to clean it out and it worked great. You can buy them for less than the cost of the doctor visit (but it was worth it to learn about this).
Is It flakey? My ears were getting super flakey and causing more sebum than usual. Every. Single. Day. I had to clean them. I looked it up and it’s a form of yeast that can grow inside the ear canal. If it’s bad enough a doctor can prescribe things for you but what I found works best is..... t gel. T gel or nizoral dandruff shampoo. Wash your ears with it, around then and suds really good. Kind of suds the inside then rinse. If I take a bath I do the same and dip my head back, rinse and make sure to let my head lay back and recline in the water where the foamy bubbles are from scrubbing out the shampoo. That way the water can enter my ears and really get in there. Then throughout the bath it kind of just gets cleaned out as I keep going under water.
But if you shower, suds the ears w t gel or nizoral shampoo. Definitely check into fungal ear overgrowth if you are having abnormal sebum or flakes that must be cleaned every day, every other day. Oh!!! And also macks I believe it’s called makes an ear irrigation kit that you literally put drops in, earplugs, it dissolves the gunk— and then you rinse with this squirty tool. It’s $5-7 at local drugstores. There’s multiple brands.
I like to use theses 1x per week and I started 3x in a row to really get my ears clean. I want to try elephant ear cleaner off amazon. You should read the reviews, watch the videos of it actually working! It takes out hugeeee chunks of wax you didn’t even know you had. Some impacted by q tip overuse.
Ok enuff about ears.
Our pediatrician used this exact one for our child:
Not sure if this is the same that they use on adults, but it worked on our child as chunks came out (without any drops ahead of time to soften it).
I actually deal with a lot of issues with my ears and have for years. Every three months or so they’d get clogged and I’d have to go to the doctor. Eventually, I just sprung for the spray bottle thing they used at the office and asked what solution to use (1 part peroxide and 3 parts warm water - making sure the water is warm is important do you don’t give yourself vertigo).
It’s fantastic, and I haven’t had a problem and saves me unnecessary visits to the doctor - especially during the pandemic.
Link to an example of what I mean
I get horrid wax buildup. Bulb syringes and Debrox never did much for me. I finally got one of those elephant ear ones and OMG life changer! Don’t even need Debrox! https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?crid=2577JGU5BJHZ0&keywords=elephant+ear+washer+kit&qid=1660051776&sprefix=Elephant+%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&smid=AQK11O1HS2GGC
I’m not a doctor, but when I go to urgent care/primary to get my ears flushed out, they use the Elephant Ear Washer Bottle (link. It’s literally the exact same one so I bought it for myself. Warm water does fine but for more power you could put a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water for the foaming.
Yeah, after I went to my local urgent care for a similar problem, I found and bought the exact kit they used and switched to using hydrogen peroxide like they do instead of the stuff that's in Debrox and whatever else, and it's been great for when my ears have gotten too clogged once every year or so.
That is a pretty great device that I have used to clean my ears out because I also have earwax problems.
Hydrogen peroxide is pretty great too just by itself.
In a pinch if you are panicking you can create suction in your ear with your finger and rapidly remove your finger and that will also help dislodge wax.
Sadly you either gotta get over the ear or in the ear. There are some that don't need to be shoved deep in your ear canal to work though like Loops or Decibullz. Loops have an actual "loop" that helps keep the basic plug in place. Decibullz are custom moldable so all you have to do is drop em in hot water til they're pliable and then mold em to your ear shape.
BTW I just had my ears professionally cleaned at the doc and I learned the tool they use is sold on Amazon link
I used to have these issues too. Like other poster said, adding oil (olive oil etc) for several days in a row twice a day helps before hand. I think purchased something called Elephant Ear system (this is similar knock off) and it works really well for me and the rest of my family. I now do this maybe twice and year and I no longer get blockages. WARM water is key.
I've had better luck with this. I fill it with 1/2 hot water and 1/2 hydrogen peroxide. I do it monthly, after a shower when my earwax is softer. Works like a charm and definitely helps mitigate my T.
Get the elephant ear washer from Amazon. Thank me later! Feels amazing but be careful after you're done bc cleaning your ears with it makes you a dizzy so don't pop up after cleaning and try to walk away. Give yourself like 30 seconds.
This is what the doctor used when I went. I’m no doctor just sharing my experience.
Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_s0rQFbK73MH1H
The thing with going to the doctor is that they can at least use their tools to look in your ear and verify that there is nothing else in there. When I went the nurse said I was good after the first spray and some ear wax came out. When the doctor came back to check he said there was still more and he did a second flush which really got the satisfying feeling.
You can buy the water thingy on Amazon. Elephant Ear Cleaner - https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1508450636&sr=1-3-spons&keywords=ear+cleaner&psc=1&smid=A1B7M9EQGNCLQA
Get the drain pan also. Then just fill with a tad bit of peroxide and warm water. Get cleaning!
You can skip the useless bulb syringe and putting oil in your ears and just get an Elephant Ear (https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0) or equivalent. Warm water and a few sprays will clear your ears. I have to do this a couple times a year due to ear plug use and it's amazing.
If you get a lot of ear wax, this thing works wonders. All you need is a little warm water and maybe a tiny bit of soap. It's the same exact thing they used in an urgent care I went to. It kinda feels good too.
It's expensive for what it is, (essentially a glorified water bottle) but there are generic brands that are much cheaper. That's just the original brand. You can also buy the tips on ebay from china for cheap.
This happens to me too. My wax build up is out of control. The doctor also told me not to use Q-tips anymore because it just makes things worse.
I go to patient first. Not sure how much they charge without insurance but I pay about a $20 co pay and I feel like a million bucks after they clean it all out.
Also, as people were mentioning, you can buy the device they use off of amazon for about $30~. Drop some peroxide in there first. Let it sit. Then use the device with warm water.
Maybe worth you to buy it and do the process yourself since you said you need to go twice a year.
I should probably go that much myself, honestly. It has been about 2 years I think since I have had them cleaned out. I just stopped using Q-tips and it avoids the wax from getting impacted but I have noticed lately that my hearing is becoming muffled and it feels like I have a lot of wax buildup. Probably will stop by Patient First here soon!
Edit: Here is the device on amazon! https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0 best of luck!
> Or that warning on the box of q-tips that says "do not stick into ear canal" like Hahaha bitch how else am I supposed to clean my fuckin ears?! Idiots!
Give this a try mate; my friend is a nurse and uses these at work.
Thanks for such a thorough reply. This is the removal kit I ordered:
Just wondering is Debrox important? I was under the impression that hydrogen peroxide and debrox do the same thing?
I used to go to the doctor or the urgent care until I noticed the urgent care was using the Elephant Ear Washer. Ordered it off Amazon and was able to clean my ears out myself. https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0 Use a mix of peroxide and water and be patient. Be sure the water is warm or you'll get dizzy. You can read the Amazon comments for more specific instructions. It's definitely nice to be able to handle on my own and not sit around in the urgent care waiting room. Definitely helps to soften it with a few rounds of Debrox first though.
the syringe sucks though, its hard to refil and in my experiance while it can work the pressure and water flow more then anything is whats going to help get that crap out. what i use is this.
when i need to i take a shower fill it with warm water and then give it a few squirts, if something is really in there, because its a spray bottle you can really run a lot of water to clean out really bad ones.
I have issues with impacted earwax too, but I just use this thing when I feel it coming...
I sometimes wonder if I have impacted ears...
I can stick my fingers in both ears and it feels like my finger hits a "wall". I always assumed that was just my eardrum blocking my finger from going in any farther. Is this not normal?
I also remember not doing so hot at one of those hearing tests they have you take in elementary school but I was too embarrassed to tell anyone, including my parents. (They told me to tell my parents..)
I honestly don't hear very well and I'm starting to consider buying this..
I tried those syringes and squeeze bulbs in the past, but the problem is that they constantly need to be refilled because they contain so little fluid, and the angle to use them is difficult for using it on yourself. This Elephant Ear worked much better for me because it holds much more liquid and the flexible tube lets me use the squeeze lever much easier.
This is what my son's pediatrician uses for ear wax removal. it's the coolest thing.
Took less than 2 minutes to clean both ears and clear out beetle sized pellets of wax from each.
This is exactly how the ringing in my right ear started. Ear wax removal kit did not help. When I finally decided to bite the bullet and go to the EMT he used a really high powered vacuum suction device to remove a massive wax plug. He also gave me grief for using the DIY removal method. I still have the ringing but it's much, much less than what it was before he did the suction. It's worth going straight to the EMT as opposed ot your GP because before I had my appointment I'd actually had my dad, who is a dermatologist, look in my ear with an otoscope and he said "everything looks good" thinking I had a "normal amount" of wax in there. Clearly the specialist had a different opinion. I'm finally going back to his office next week after two years of putting it off just to double check and make sure there's nothing more serious going on. After it went from being present 90% of the time to 10% I just stopped caring.
If you want to treat wax build up at home, or just do one more thing to see if you can clear your ear before heading to the doctor, there's a great gadget called The Elephant Ear Washer which you can order off Amazon. It's the one home ear cleaning tool I've bought that actually works.
I get impacted wax so often and hydrogen peroxide never helped. Then I got one of these things and I love it. I was skeptical at first, but then it dislodged a thimble-sized wax rock within a few sprays in my ear.
Elephant Ear Washer. Most amazing thing ever. Like this one here. I have always had wax problems too but after my doc busted one of these out a few years back I bought one and havnt had problems since. Aaaaaaaamazing.
Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2RccEb9SETXBT
With roughly a 5:1 water to hydrogen peroxide mixture.
I'll be honest, I have ear wax issues. Despite others here saying wax is SUPPOSED to drain from the ear, mine does not. I've had issues my whole life. I don't use Q-tips because I was also told it was bad.
When I can tell my ears are getting bad, I will use hydrogen peroxide (~~HO2~~ H2O2), of which you can buy a lifetime supply of for $1. That with a bulb to force water in usually helps for the average person. I like this method just to listen to all the fizzing. It's like pop in your ear.
Every once in a while I need to go to the doctor to get my ears cleaned. I only do this when I'm losing hearing though since it can get pretty expensive. They use a squirt bottle to with a small funnel on the end and force warm water into your ear. This is the result. Gross as all get out, warning you.
I recently bought the tool they use on Amazon, but there is something that the doctor does a lot better than me. They can get a lot of nasty gunk out of there.
In summary, warm water with force, and funny chemicals. All much better than a Q-tip.
This is what your doctor will use to flush your ears and this to catch the water. But it's tough to do on your own if the wax is really in there deep. You can't tell what direction to shoot the water.
My current doctor actually won't do it so I go to Med Express. I'd just as soon go there anyway because I can drive by and see how full the parking lot is and come back later if they're busy. I've had it done at 3-4 different locations and they all told me they do it all the time.
My issue is a combination of eczema in my ears. I think the dry skin combines with the wax. I started experimenting with products a few years and found one that works for me. I've been using Miracell ProEar and haven't had wax buildup since. It only takes a drop or two so the bottle is still like 1/2 full.
At my clinic this is what we use. Warm water with as much hydrogen peroxide as you want.
No. Bad. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/
I do an ear lavage about every 6 weeks. You can do it at home by yourself and save the medical bill.
You make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, squirt it into your ears, and all the earwax just falls out. Best 30 bucks I've spent.
This is safe.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_3YfTFb801WB0B just like this simple thing?
Amazon is saying:
and a mix of 75% warm water and 25% vinegar
Get cerumol from pharmacy and drip for about 3-5 days before using a ear flush to flush everything out. Cheap and effective solution. https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0
Get something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0
This is what the ophthalmologists use in office. Almost everything else risks damaging your ear drum.
Oh I see. I have heard people having luck with this. Not sure if you could try and order one.
blocked with earwax?
i am not a doctor, this is not medical advice.... but i have that thing above and use it every 6 months or so.
I use an Elephant Ear Cleaner. It really gets the job done. It is easier used with another person who knows what they are doing however (IE just don't stick it too far in).
I’ve had mine plugged for months before. This is the only thing that’s worked for me. Elephant Ear Washer
It is called the Elephant Ear washer system. Available on Amazon.
meh, qtips are one of the worst things to use in your ears. really offtopic here, but you can use peroxide. tip your head, dump in a capful, let it sit a few minutes, then tilt your head to the sink to dump it out.
even better than that is the elephant ear washer.
If it's not impacted too severely I've found this is fantastic for dealing with it at home: https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0
If it continues to be stubborn use debrox for a couple days and try again.
Most urgent care/primary care docs should do it... but honestly you can do it yourself. Just get a flush kit ( https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0 ) and some ear wax removal drops.
There is a nice little contraption called an "Elephant Ear Wash" that doctors use to clean clogged ears.
I have suffered from excess earwax since I was a child. To the point of hearing loss if I don’t take care of it. Elephant Ear Washer. Buy it. Use it. Love it.
Or just buy it yourself.
Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_CZiSCb3C8VKKQ
Figured out how to link stuff from amazon. Big day for me here.
Theres this special bottle called an elephant that clears out tons of old ear wax.
My doctor uses this unit : https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1511244256&sr=8-3&keywords=ear%2Belephant&th=1
Dude get this and change your life. The amount of stuff that will come out your head will blow your mind.
Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_8Lnnzb8ASWT45
Waxvac sucks dick. You need one of these. It's what my doctor used on me, I have very productive ear wax glands. I bought my own so I don't have to go to the doctor anymore.
I use the elephant cleaner. https://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0
It's what hospitals actually use and gets rid of all wax. You just need peroxide and warm water. Way better for you than qtips too.
If you're thinking you need to wash out your ears, I suggest this
You can get the thing that the urgent care people use for yourself.
It's fantastic. I do it about once a month due to wearing CIEMs.
I wanted to recommend a product that I use and it is fantastic.
Elephant Ear Washer Bottle System by Doctor Easy - Ear Wax Remover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_Ov12wbNSDSWZ6
My doctor used an Elephant Ear cleaner, you can get one on amazon for $30: http://www.amazon.com/Elephant-Washer-Bottle-Doctor-Easy/dp/B005M2B5P0
Works great, just be gentle! I recommend doing it in the shower since otherwise it can get messy.
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I have the same problem.
Take a look at this: Elephant Ear Washer Bottle
This thing works great!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005M2B5P0 Just had it done to my ears by the doctor
Had issues my whole life. I have to thoroughly clean them 2-3 times a year.
This product works great:
I’d use some hydrogen peroxide first to soften the wax, then you use luke warm water (never cold or hot!) to wash your ears out. I always do it in the shower so it’s not a mess. Really works like a charm.
And don’t put the little tube too far down your ear, I’d even recommend cutting the rubber tip piece slightly, to shorten it
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>You can do it at home with a kit from Amazon.
> and this to catch the water if necessary: