You’ve made the bold and smart move to get custom in-ear monitors.. You’ve made the appointment to see your local audiologist; you’re on your way! Then you hear the terrible news... the audiologist looks in your ear and says, “You have wax build-up in your ears and I can’t take your impressions today.”
That’s why we are here, to help you help yourself to clean and happy ears. Not to mention a happy and fruitful audiologist appointment. Here’s the nitty gritty, 20% of the population have an excessive ear wax problem and it can be a simple fix. The key word is prevention. If you prefer not to follow the below steps please visit an Urgent Care to flush your ears.
So let’s get started.
SUPPLIES - What you’ll need
- Got to the store. When you are there, get yourself a bottle of 3%Hydrogen Peroxide or an ear wax removal kit. It will only set you back a couple of bucks.
- You’re gonna need an ear syringe. They can sometime be found separately, but in the worst case, you can find them as a part of an ear wax removal kit.
- Get some Kleenex or your favorite brand of tissues and a cup to hold some warm water. You might have a cup at home, if not get it at the same store.
INSTRUCTIONS - How to Safely Clean your Ears
When you get home, open the hydrogen peroxide and pour enough to fill the cap of the bottle. Squish the ear syringe and put it in the cap with the peroxide. Now the syringe has the peroxide in it, and the cap is just about empty.
Lay down on your right side so that your left ear is toward the sky. Take the syringe with the peroxide and gently squeeze it into your ear. Fill it up so there is some peroxide in the bowl of your ear.
Have a seat. After 2-3 minutes, if you have wax in your ear, you will hear popping/ fizzing/ bubbling sounds in your ear. This is the sound of the peroxide dissolving the wax. Don’t panic, it is all normal. After about 10 minutes, or when the noises in your ear canal stop, take a tissue and cover your ear so the peroxide doesn’t leak out when you stand up. Take you, your syringe and a cup, and head on over to a sink with warm water.
Step 4. Fill the cup up with warm water. Water that is too or hot or cold will make you dizzy. Nobody likes that. Take the syringe and squeeze it. Place it in the cup so that it will soak up the warm water into bulb. Put the syringe in your ear and squeeze it to flush out your ear, the peroxide and hopefully the wax. You might want to make sure your ear is over the sink for that part! If you feel plugged up, you didn’t get the wax out. You’re gonna need to try it again. You might even have to flush out your ear 4 or 5 times to really get it clean. Don’t be grossed out, you should see wax in the water if you had wax in your ear. If your ear feels open and clear, then you should be good to go. You are a wax removal master and free and clear of cerumen [that’s the fancy medical name for wax].
Let’s be thorough and even if you feel open and clear, humor us and give it one more go-round. If you don’t hear any noises then boom! you’re all done with that ear.
Now take it the flip side and do your right ear. Follow the same instructions as your left ear. Once both ears are clear, You should use a Q tip doused in some hydrogen peroxide on a weekly basis for maintenance. This way the wax will not build up! Don’t go deep into the ear canal with the Q-Tip; just as far as your monitors will go.
Now you are ready to strut on in the audiologist and get some impressions done. And you will leave a great impression. This is what we call a win-win.
Now get to cleaning. Your ears and your audiologist will thank you.
These suggestions for wax removal are for those persons who know they have “healthy” ears, and do not have a perforation of the ear canal, or an ear infection of any kind. If you do have a tender ear, pain in the ear or era canal, drainage or discharge from either ear canal- do not attempt this cleaning procedure. Instead, consult an audiologist or your physician.