Painless Ear Wax Removal Singapore | Ear Cleaning
What is Ear Wax?
What Does Ear Wax Look Like?
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. This may affect one or both ears. Symptoms include:
- Ear discomfort or earache
- A sensation of fullness in the ear, or a sensation of blocked ears
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Temporary hearing loss
- Difficulty using hearing aids
Unremoved earwax buildup can potentially lead to an ear infection. If you have symptoms which are suggestive of ear infection, such as:
- Severe pain in the ear / ear pain
- Abnormal ear discharge
- Blocked ear
- A foul odor from the ear
- Dizziness and vertigo
Please consider consulting a doctor or an ear, nose, throat specialist to ascertain the correct diagnosis.
If I Have A Blocked Ear, Do I Have Impacted Earwax?
Earwax impaction is only one of the causes of a blocked ear. Other causes include:
- An ear infection
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Foreign bodies in the ear
What Causes Impacted Ear Wax?
How Can I Safely Perform Ear Wax Removal At Home? How Can I Unclog My Ears At Home?
- Baby oil
- Olive oil
- Mineral oil
- Hydrogen Peroxide
The History Of Ear Wax Removal
What Dissolves Earwax Best?
There are numerous commercial solutions, including chemical ear drops which can help to dissolve or dislodge ear wax. These include:
Audisol Ear Wax Remover
Audiclean Ear Wax Remover
Olive Oil Ear Drops
A-Cerumen Spray / Ear Drops
The chemical ear drops are not necessarily more effective than the usual home remedies of baby / olive / mineral oil or hydrogen peroxide.
What Is Ear Candling? Does Ear Candling Work?
How Does An Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor Perform Ear Wax Removal?
At our practice, we have the necessary tools, equipment and experience to provide earwax cleaning services safely and painlessly. We are also able to perform a formal hearing test should your condition require it.
Can I See A Video Of Ear Wax Removal?
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 an ear micro suction procedure, as well as experience a pulling or peeling sensation in the ear when the procedure is being performed, causing some slight discomfort. Bleeding and ear pain should not occur, unless the ear wax is extremely hard or impacted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I use A Cotton Bud to Clean My Ears (Or Q-Tips)?
Using a cotton bud in the ear generally pushes earwax deeper and deeper in. Once the excess earwax gets deeper and deeper inside, unfortunately there is no way for the wax to get swept out of the ear naturally.
Can I Use Cotton Buds Just On The Outside Of My Own Ears For Cleaning?
Is Ear Digging Good For Me? Should I Be Digging My Ears?
Studies have been done on ear wax, and most 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 - a self cleaning mechanism. Any interruption to this self cleaning mechanism, either with cotton swabs or metal / plastic implements, can disrupt this normal behavior and cause ear wax to be stuck, clogging up the ears.
Do I Need Earwax Removal?
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 earwax removal. Patients who are using hearing aids may also require earwax removal, as occasionally earwax can block up the vent in the hearing aids.