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How does ear wax build up? What the appropriate way to clean? How often?


Mon, 16 Oct 2006 14:15:52 GMT
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> How does ear wax build up? What the appropriate way to clean? How often?

Your ears are self-cleaning. Do *not* stick q-tips in there. You can
simply take a Kleenex and use the tip of one finger to clean off any
wax that finds its way to the outer portion of your ear. That's really
all you should need to do. "Wax buildup" is usually caused by stuffing
something into the ear c{*filter*}repeatedly, e.g., q-tips, earplugs,
hearing aids, etc., which interferes with the usual outward flow of ear
wax and causes it to become "impacted".


Mon, 16 Oct 2006 19:25:51 GMT
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> > How does ear wax build up? What the appropriate way to clean? How often?

> Your ears are self-cleaning. Do *not* stick q-tips in there. You can
> simply take a Kleenex and use the tip of one finger to clean off any
> wax that finds its way to the outer portion of your ear. That's really
> all you should need to do. "Wax buildup" is usually caused by stuffing
> something into the ear c{*filter*}repeatedly, e.g., q-tips, earplugs,
> hearing aids, etc., which interferes with the usual outward flow of ear
> wax and causes it to become "impacted".

Thanks for the explanation.

I have been using ear plug (to filter noise/sound) when sleeping for
the past 13 years. It started with the A/C unit being outside my
bedroom. I was always sensitive to sound andlight anyway and wasn't
getting enough sleep as far as I remmebered.  Ear plug was a life
savor.

In 997, I almost succeeded from getting off using it but it didn't
last long. Current place is close to highway and in early morning, I
would wake up from humming sound if not by somone driving off the
parking lot - my unit is corner unit. Sometime, someone would drive in
real late, waking me up form deep sleep. Hence I must rely on ear
plug.

There was a time, I was using q-tips veveryday ...for about 2-3 years.
I stopped and recently I started again.  I wil quit but since I am
dependent on ear plug, how would I need to handle wax build up?

Thanks.



Tue, 17 Oct 2006 04:05:05 GMT
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> since I am
> dependent on ear plug, how would I need to handle wax build up?

You can try an over-the-counter ear wax removal product such as Debrox
( http://debrox.com/ ) or Cerumenex. If this doesn't work, I'd see your
family doctor to have  your ears cleaned.


Tue, 17 Oct 2006 05:26:44 GMT
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> > since I am
> > dependent on ear plug, how would I need to handle wax build up?

> You can try an over-the-counter ear wax removal product such as Debrox
> ( http://debrox.com/ ) or Cerumenex. If this doesn't work, I'd see your
> family doctor to have  your ears cleaned.

Thanks. I read Debrox info. It gives instruction on using it.

I do not have any ear discomfort but I want to prevent any possible
partial loss of hearing?

There was a time - in Fall 2002 and again in December 2002 - I  had
ear infection though I had no pain in my ear. I never had ear
infection in my life before as far as I remembered. So when I got
disoriented and was dizzy, I had no idea what's going on.

The clinic was sending me home telling me to reduce my dosage on
medication (on something else) but I ran into a friend of mine before
getting out of the building and she told me that it might be ear
infection.  I went back to the clinic and she was right. Sudafed took
care of it.  BTW, when I was using Q-tips, I was using to wipe off the
water and not so much to get earwax out. Otherwise I feel itchy
sometimes due to water.

Anyway, I assume that I need to be aware of cleaning wax regularly
since I use ear plug. Am I right to think that way or would my ear do
it automatically since I use ear plug that are breatheable?

If I have to do it regularly, how often would I need to use a product
like Debrox? Or should I use it only when I feel something is not
quite right, like feeling itchy?

How would I know that I have not lready had a tiny bit of partial
hearing loss form wax?

I hope I don't sound paranoid. Just want to be careful.



Wed, 18 Oct 2006 09:45:04 GMT
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> she told me that it might be ear
> infection.  I went back to the clinic and she was right. Sudafed took
> care of it.

That sounds like eustacian tube dysfunction, not an infection.

Quote:
> Anyway, I assume that I need to be aware of cleaning wax regularly
> since I use ear plug. Am I right to think that way or would my ear do
> it automatically since I use ear plug that are breatheable?

Anything pushed into the ear c{*filter*}has the potential to cause cerumen
impaction over time.

Quote:
> If I have to do it regularly, how often would I need to use a product
> like Debrox?

Probably no more often than every month or two at the most. It depends
on how fast your ear wax builds up. Usually, one side will tend to
build up more than the other. This tends to be the side that faces
downward the most when you sleep (don't ask me why).

Quote:
> How would I know that I have not lready had a tiny bit of partial
> hearing loss form wax?

Any hearing loss from wax resolves when the wax is removed; it's not permanent.


Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:03:51 GMT
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Thanks for all the info.

Quote:
> > If I have to do it regularly, how often would I need to use a product
> > like Debrox?

> Probably no more often than every month or two at the most. It depends
> on how fast your ear wax builds up. Usually, one side will tend to
> build up more than the other. This tends to be the side that faces
> downward the most when you sleep (don't ask me why).

I was thinking that my left side has more build up than the other
side. I didn't even think "why it would be that way?". Good to know
that it may have to do with facing downward when sleeping. I do sleep
on that side a lot.

Quote:

> > How would I know that I have not lready had a tiny bit of partial
> > hearing loss form wax?

> Any hearing loss from wax resolves when the wax is removed; it's not permanent.

Thanks for the info.


Thu, 19 Oct 2006 01:16:17 GMT
 
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