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Hi all,

what is a safe way to remove ear wax, especially for us with H & T?  I was told I also have eustuchian tube defect.  a nurse tried flushing it 3 x.  I was scared this may not be a good thing as she was too aggressive.  she said it may take some people 10-12 times to flush it b4 she gets it out.  so she told me to put mineral oil in to soften it - guess it looked dried out to her.  since then I have pain in that ear which I did not have b4 doing that.  read that oil may make the wax soften & move further into the ear-not good.

online, hydrogen peroxide keeps coming up, but not to use if person has middle ear problems...would that include people with H or eustuchian tube defect?

would love to hear both what will & will not help.

thanks so much.

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Hi health,

I recommend you have the ear wax manually removed by an ENT. They can use a special microscope and tiny instruments and can carefully remove the wax without traumatizing other tissues. I was initially scared to have this done, as I have severe H, but it was entirely painless and didn’t alter my H one bit; it caused nothing short of a little tickle in the ear as they removed all the wax. Syringing with water irrigation is not a good idea for those of us with auditory issues. It has even been implicated as the cause of H&T for some. Peroxide seems like not a great option either as it is a strong oxidizing agent and can irritate the outer ear/ear drum tissues.

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thanks.  the instrument's called a curette, right?
i made an appointment with a NP who i hope will be able to do it manually.  to see an ENT here will take months & not sure if they'll bother with that here in Canada.
karen

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Absolutely do not allow anyone to remove wax with flushing water!

That has caused severe problems with some people.

A doc can do manual removal.

I have also had success with the OTC ear wax removal drops that make your ears fizz (can't remember the name).
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I go to an Audiologist for ear wax removal, flushing is too aggressive. Easier to get an appointment than an ENT .    Donna
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thanks Donna.  how does the audiologist remove it?  what country do u live in?  just wondering if they might do that here in Canada.
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Hi, I live in Canada , in Ontario, but am sure any audiologist can do the ear wax removal. I've had mine done when I needed new ear plugs, and they have to clear the ear to make a good mold. they do it by hand and very gently with a hand wand. You are told to apply olive oil to the ears for a few days before the procedure to soften the wax for easy removal. There is no pain at all. ..... Take care, Donna in Kitchener.
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