How Is Earwax Removed?

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Earwax is best removed by a professional who uses an irrigation technique or special instruments that remove the buildup under direct visualization. Discover the important role of earwax with information from a practicing otologist in this free video on ear health.

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Hello my name is Dr. Jack Shohet and I'm here to discuss how earwax is removed. Earwax is removed most safely by a professional. But first of all you have to understand that your ears are self cleaning and earwax is not a bad thing. Earwax has a high oil content and as such it will help ward off moisture from the ear canal which can be a problem in terms of promoting bacterial or fungal growth. So it is somewhat of a antimicrobial, it actually will kill off organisms that can be detrimental to your ear canal. There's no safe way to remove earwax from your own ear canal. Q-tips are developed for use in the outer portions of your ear and not for use deep here in your ear canal. The safest way to have your earwax removed when it completely blocks your ear canal is to have a professional remove it either through an irrigation in your primary care doctor's office or in your ENT doctor's office using a microscope and a special instrument to remove it under direct visualization.

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