Ear Wax removal Singapore

Why Choose Us for Ear Cleaning Services in Singapore?

There are many commercial solutions for ear wax removal, such as:

Waxsol ear drops
Tropex ear drops
Audisol ear wax remover
Audiclean ear wax remover
Olive oil ear drops
A-Cerumen Spray / Ear Drops

These may be effective but take a considerable time to work. We provide 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 is a helpful and natural part of your body’s defenses against 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.

 

 

Ear Wax Color

How do I know if I need ear wax removal?

Impacted ear wax refers to ear wax that has built up and 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 that the ear is blocked
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Partial hearing loss

Unremoved earwax buildup can potentially lead to infection. If you have symptoms which are suggestive of infection, such as:

 

  • Severe pain in the ear
  • Ear discharge
  • Fever
  • A foul odor from the ear
  • Dizziness and vertigo

Please consider consulting an ENT Specialist to ascertain the correct diagnosis.

What causes impacted ear wax?

A blockage of earwax is usually caused by an overproduction of ear wax or insufficient cleaning. Actually, the most common cause of impacted ear wax is incorrect ear wax removal in Singapore. Often, instead of cleaning out the ear wax, it ends up  is just pushed deeper inside the ear. Prolonged and frequent earbud usage can also potentially cause ear wax buildup, as the earbuds can prevent ear wax from naturally coming out of 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. 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 after ear candling.

 

Save the candles for birthday cakes.

ear candling dangers

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.

should i use cotton buds

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 and a perforated ear drum which may need to be repaired by surgery.

Previously, who performed ear cleaning in singapore?
Who provided ear cleaning services Singapore?

Some of us might remember having a hair cut, and then having our ear wax removed. Believe it or not, ear wax 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. Needless to say, this undoubtedly resulted in a fair number of injuries to the ear canal, as well as damage to the ear drums. This practice still lives on in certain barber shops in Singapore, and is also prevalent in our neighboring countries. 


Our advice is to always go to a professional who can see what they are doing, and not remove your ear wax blindly.

ear wax removal barber

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
  • Commercial drops (Cerumen, Audisol, Waxsol etc.)

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.

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 in 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 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 end up getting water trapped in between the ear drum and clump of ear wax, which can cause even more pain and discomfort. 

 

ear wax removal irrigation

does an eNT specialist doctor perform ear cleaning Singapore?
does ear wax removal hurt?

An ENT Specialist can perform ear cleaning by removing the excess ear wax buildup in a a few ways: either with a small curved instrument called a curette, through microsuction or with forceps. If ear wax buildup is recurrent, regular wax-removal medications may be recommended.

removal of ear wax with forceps

At our ENT Specialist practice, we have the necessary tools, equipment and experience to provide ear cleaning services safely and painlessly. Make an appointment to see us today for ear wax removal Singapore!