The Best Way to Clean Your Ears: Choosing the Right Product

by Patrick Fitzpatrick on July 02, 2021

Best Way to Clean Your Ears

Do your ears feel blocked? Are you having trouble hearing?

Earwax buildup could be the cause. Here are some tips for getting rid of excess earwax safely and choosing the right ear care products for you and your pets.

Understanding Earwax and Why It’s There

Earwax is a critical and natural part of the body’s defense system. Your ear canal needs earwax to clean, lubricate, and protect it from trapped dirt and slow down bacterial growth. Without earwax, your ears would feel dry and itchy.

Also known as cerumen, earwax is slightly acidic and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It ensures that bacteria and fungi do not get into the ear canal and harm your eardrum. Chewing or moving the jaw helps to move older earwax out of the canal to the opening of the ear, where it dries out and falls off.

However, too much wax can block the ears and cause temporary hearing loss or infections. Earwax blockage (impaction) can also occur when you attempt to remove the wax using a cotton swab, which pushes the wax deeper in and up against the eardrum.

Some people require ear cleaning when they produce an excess of wax that blocks the ear, especially when they have smaller-than-average ear canals. Other factors likely to lead to earwax buildup are:

  • Recurrent ear infections (otitis media)
  • Previous ear trauma or surgery
  • Allergies
  • Wearing earplugs or hearing aids

Signs and Symptoms of Impaction

Impaction in Humans

Signs of earwax buildup include:

  • A buzzing or ringing in the ear also called tinnitus
  • Earache
  • Full feeling in the ear
  • Partial or sudden hearing loss, usually temporary
  • Pain in the ear that does not subside
  • Fever
  • Persistent hearing noise
  • Dizziness
  • Drainage coming from the ear
  • Coughing
  • Odor coming from the ear

Signs such as earaches, dizziness and hearing loss can also be due to other causes. See a doctor if any of the symptoms occur regularly or persist. A medical evaluation will help determine if excess earwax or another health issue is causing your ear problem.

Impaction in Pets

Dogs’ and cats’ ears are normally able to take care of themselves. There is no reason to clean the ear if your pet appears healthy. Cleaning may upset the balance in the ear, which predisposes them to infection.

However, some dog breeds are more prone to excess earwax than others. For example, cocker spaniels have a genetic condition that causes ear glands to create excess wax. Dogs with long ear canals, such as bassets, are also prone to having earwax buildup, while English bulldogs get excess earwax trapped in the ear folds.

Signs of an ear infection because of impaction include:

  • Yellow, brown, or bloody discharge
  • Swelling
  • Hair loss around the ear
  • Head tilting or shaking
  • Extraordinary eye movements
  • Hearing loss
  • Walking in circles
  • Wiping the ear area on furniture or floor

Tips on Cleaning Ears at Home and Choosing Ear Cleaning Products

Impacted earwax is a relatively common condition best addressed by a hearing expert or doctor. But there are steps you can take to address mild cases of wax buildup at home.

There are many ways of dealing with earwax blockage at home. They include:

A Rubber Ball Syringe and Warm Water

Turn your face so the affected ear points upwards. Use the syringe to drip warm water into the ear canal slowly. Do not flush the water forcefully.

After a minute, tilt your head the other way so fluid and earwax drip out. Repeat the process when necessary. Avoid this method if you have a ruptured eardrum or any other ear injury.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This involves adding a few hydrogen peroxide drops to a damp cotton ball and applying it. Clean eyedroppers can also drip the solution into the ear canal effectively.

Again, tilt the head so the fluid drips down into the ear canal and reaches the blockage. Tilt your head the other way after a few minutes to allow earwax and fluid to drain.

All-Natural Ear Spray

These ear sprays offer a homeopathic approach to earwax blockage. Ear products such as SENSES™ Natural Ear Mist feature an easy self-delivery system that prevents product waste and spillage. They contain a unique medicinal blend of non-hydrogenated coconut oil and jojoba oils that help soften, loosen, and remove excess earwax.

What Not to Do

Not all methods for cleaning your ears at home are safe. These include:

  • Cotton swabs – It is never a good idea to stick objects into the ear canal. These swabs usually end up pushing the blockage further down instead of removing it.

  • Ear candling – The process involves placing a cone-shaped, hollow candle into the ear canal and lighting the other end. This can lead to permanent damage to the ear canal.

How to Clean Your Pet’s Ears at Home

Cleaning your pet’s ears does not require any special equipment. You need a few cotton balls or gauze, a quality ear cleaning solution such as SENSES™ Natural Ear Mist For Pets, and some treats.

The cleaning solution contains natural oils that are aimed at preventing wax buildup and soothing ear itch and irritation in cats and dogs. An all-natural coconut oil formula contains anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that ensure fast relief from earwax impaction symptoms.

SENSES Natural Ear Mist for Natural Earwax Blockage Relief

SENSES™ Natural Ear Mist ear care products from ENT Naturals provide relief for earache and earwax blockage issues for humans and pets. The ingredients are all 100% organic and natural to ensure maximum benefits.

If you have questions regarding our all-natural ear mist spray for earwax blockage, contact us today!