Painless Ear Wax Removal Singapore | Ear Cleaning
We are ENT Specialists who use specific tools and our years of expertise to perform earwax removal in a the best, safe and painless manner. Contact us for ear wax removal and ear cleaning services that relieve your symptoms immediately!
What is Ear Wax?
Ear wax, also known as cerumen, is a yellowish / brownish waxy substance produced by glands in the ear. These glands are present in the outer part of the ear canal.
Ear wax is normal and natural, and is the best part of your body’s defenses against ear infection. It cleans, protects as well as lubricates the ear canal from dust, foreign particles and bacteria. It also protects ear canal skin from irritation due to water.
In normal circumstances, excess ear wax finds its way out of the ear canal naturally. This natural cleaning system in the ear canal sweeps ear wax out like a conveyor belt, and out of the ear opening.
What Does Ear Wax Look Like?
The appearance of ear wax varies from light yellow to dark brown.
Darker colored ear wax does not necessarily indicate that there is a blockage.
How Do I Know If I Need Ear Wax Removal?
Impacted ear wax refers to earwax buildup that is stuck in the ear canal, and cannot be removed by the patient. Symptoms of impacted ear wax include:
- Ear discomfort or earache
- A sensation of fullness in the ear, or a sensation of blocked ear
- Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
- Partial hearing loss
- Difficulty using hearing aids
Unremoved earwax buildup can potentially lead to infection. If you have symptoms which are suggestive of ear infection, such as:
- Severe pain in the ear / ear pain
- Ear discharge
- Blocked ear
- A foul odor from the ear
- Dizziness and vertigo
Please consider consulting an ENT Specialist to ascertain the correct diagnosis.
If I Have A Blocked Ear, Do I Have Impacted Ear Wax?
Impacted earwax is only one of the causes of a blocked ear. Other causes include:
- Ear Infections
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Foreign bodies in the ear
What Causes Impacted Ear Wax?
A blockage or impacted earwax is usually caused by an overproduction of ear wax or incorrect cleaning.
Actually, the most common cause of earwax buildup is removing earwax incorrectly. Often, instead of cleaning it out the earwax build up ends up being pushed deeper inside the ear. Prolonged and frequent earbud usage can also potentially cause impacted earwax build up, as the earbuds can prevent ear wax from naturally coming out from the ear canal.
Do Ear Cleaning Services in Singapore (Ear Candling in Singapore) Work?
Ear candles are hollow cones made of fabric covered in paraffin wax, beeswax, or soy wax. Most ear candles are about 25-30cm in length. The pointed end of the candle is placed in the ear canal and the slightly wider end of the candle is lit.
Ear candling practitioners claim that the heat created by the flame causes suction. This suction drags earwax and other impurities out of the ear canal and into the hollow candle, removing earwax. Some also believe that the heat from the candle melts and softens the ear wax, which subsequently falls out of the ear over the next few days.
Medical professionals agree that ear candling is not recommended to remove ear wax. It can potentially cause serious harm to your ear. The flame or the melted wax could burn; or candle wax may even drip into the ear canal, clog the passage, and cause hearing loss. There have also been reports of perforated eardrums and middle ear injury after ear candling.
Save the candles for birthday cakes.
Should I use Cotton Buds to Clean My Ears (Or Q-Tips)?
Using a cotton bud in the ear canal generally pushes earwax deeper and deeper in. Once the wax gets deeper and deeper inside, unfortunately there is no way for the wax to get swept out of the ear naturally.
Furthermore, cotton buds can cause punctured ear drums and hearing loss. In severe cases, the cotton swab can damage many sensitive structures behind the ear canal and cause complete deafness, prolonged dizziness with nausea and vomiting, loss of taste function, and even paralysis of the muscles of the face.
Can I Use Cotton Buds Just On The Outside Of My Ears For Ear Cleaning?
Every patient who uses cotton buds emphasizes that they are very careful about how deep they insert the cotton bud into the ear. However, accidents can happen, and are more common than you might think.
We have seen patients who use cotton buds on the outside of their ears and and accidentally bump them, pushing the cotton bud deep into the ear canal, which resulted in immediate pain, bleeding, a perforated ear drum and middle ear damage which may require surgical repair.
Previously, Who Performed Professional Ear Cleaning In Singapore?
Some of us might remember having a hair cut, and then having our ear wax removed. Believe it or not, earwax removal was once the premise of the barber.
After a haircut, they would insert a variety of metal implements into the ear in an attempt to clear the client’s ear wax; and claimed that this was the best and only way to clean ears. Needless to say, this undoubtedly resulted in a fair number of injuries to the ear canal, as well as damage to the ear drums. That was the price to pay for earwax removal / ear cleaning at that time.
This practice still lives on in certain barber shops in Singapore, and is also prevalent in our neighboring countries.
Our best advice is to always go to a professional who can see what they are doing, and not remove your ear wax blindly.
Is Ear Digging Good For Me? Should I Be Digging My Ears?
Ear digging is a habit that quite a few patients have picked up since young.
Studies have been done on ear wax, and most ENT specialists believe in the migration theory – that new skin lining cells form at the eardrum, before migrating to the outer edges of the eardrum. From there, the new skin lining cells move in a circle outward towards the entrance of the ear canal, pushing and carrying the ear wax with it. Any interruption to this process, either with cotton buds or metal / plastic implements, can disrupt this normal behavior of the ear canal and cause ear wax to be stuck, clogging up the ears.
How Can I Safely Perform Ear Wax Removal At Home? How Can I Unclog My Ears At Home?
Most cases of mild ear wax blockage can be treated at home. The following remedies can be used to soften wax in the ear:
- Baby oil
- Olive oil
- Mineral oil
- Hydrogen Peroxide
An eyedropper can be used to apply a few drops of either of these remedies into the ear canal; this is done to soften the wax. Application of these remedies may need to be continued for a few days or up to a week. Once soft, the wax may be able to come out by itself.
What Dissolves Earwax Best?
There are numerous commercial solutions to help dissolve ear wax. These include:
Waxsol Ear Drops
Tropex Ear Drops
Audisol Ear Wax Remover
Audiclean Ear Wax Remover
Olive Oil Ear Drops
A-Cerumen Spray / Ear Drops
They have not been proven to be more effective than the usual home remedies of baby / olive / mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide.
Do I Need Ear Wax Removal Singapore?
If all conservative measures have failed, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as pain, ear discharge, fever, dizziness or vertigo, please see an ENT Specialist for professional ear wax removal Singapore.
Can A GP Remove Ear Wax Singapore?
General practitioners are excellent in making the diagnosis of impacted ear wax and instituting first-line treatment.
Some general practitioners are also able to perform ear syringing / ear irrigation where a jet of water is used to flush the ear wax out. However, this method may not work well for all patients. Some patients who undergo ear syringing or ear irrigation end up getting water trapped in between the ear drum and clump of ear wax, which can cause even more pain and discomfort. It may be best to avoid this and choose aural ear micro suction if the ear canal is packed full of wax.
Does An ENT Specialist Doctor Perform Professional Ear Cleaning Singapore?
An ENT Specialist can perform the process by removing the excess ear wax buildup in a a few ways: earwax removal methods include using a small curved instrument called an ear curette, via aural ear micro suction or with micro-forceps. Removal of earwax build up under direct visualization is the best way to remove the blockage.
If ear wax buildup is recurrent, regular wax-removal medications may be recommended.
At our ENT Specialist practice, we have the necessary tools, equipment and experience to provide earwax cleaning services safely and painlessly. Make an appointment to see us today!
Does Professional Ear Wax Cleaning Hurt?
Professional cleaning of ear wax should not hurt. Due to the multitude of instruments used to get ear wax out of the ear, the patient may experience loud vacuum-like sounds with ear microsuction, as well as experience a pulling or peeling sensation in the ear when the procedure is being performed. Bleeding and ear pain should not occur, unless the ear wax is extremely hard or impacted.