- Use Of Earphones, Earplugs, Or Hearing Aids
People who spend a great deal of their time with earphones, hearing aids, or earplugs stuck in their ears stand a huge risk of suffering from wax blockage. Such items cover the opening of the ear, and this interferes with the natural flow of wax.
Aside from these 3 causes, certain physical traits can make you more susceptible to wax blockage. For instance, your chances of suffering from wax blockage are increased if you have:
- Plenty of hair in your ear
- Hard wax
- Narrow ear canals
- Bony growths in the outer part of your ear canal
- A history of repeated ear infections
- Canal glands that continuously secrete excessive wax
Indentify the Symptoms
The main symptom of earwax blockage is decreased hearing in the affected ear. This symptom is caused as a result of piled up wax hardening and forming a blockage called “plug” which blocks out the entire inner ear area including the eardrum. Like all wax blockage symptoms, the loss of hearing is temporary and will be reversed once the excess wax is removed.
Other symptoms include:
- Ear pain
- Ringing, buzzing, or other weird sounds in the ear (tinnitus)
- A sensation of fullness in the affected ear
- Coughing in rare cases which is caused by the stimulation of a nerve in the ear
- Discharge or odor coming from the ear
Effective Home Remedies to Get Rid of Ear Wax
If left untreated, the symptoms of wax blockage can worsen and lead to possible irreversible damage. This is the reason why you should get rid of the excess wax the minute you experience any of the mentioned symptoms. Fortunately, there are also several home remedies you can use to soften and remove excess cerumen without causing further damage. Some of the best natural remedies are listed below.
- Salty water
Inexpensive and easy to get ahold of, salt water is one of the best earwax removal solutions that you can use at home. Salted water softens accumulated wax, making it easy for you to remove it without pushing it deeper into the ear.
To make use of this home remedy:
- Prepare a mixture of ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ cup warm water.
- When all of the salt has completely dissolved, tilt the affected ear upward and place 2 to 3 drops of the saline water.
- You can use a dropper to apply the solution or soak a cotton ball in the water and squeeze a few drops into the ear.
- Keep your head tilted for 3 to 5 minutes to allow the salty water to soften the earwax.
- Next, tilt your head in the opposite direction and allow the saline solution to drain out.
- Finally, use a clean dry cloth or cotton swab to clean your ear and remove the softened wax.
- Baking Soda
A water-based solution that contains baking soda makes a great alternative to the saline solution. Much like salty water, a baking soda/water solution softens the accumulated wax inside your ears, making it easy for you to get rid of it.
Here’s how to use baking soda to get rid of ear wax:
- Combine 2 teaspoons of water and ¼ teaspoon baking soda in a cup. This mixture will be enough since you’ll only need to apply a few drops of the solution into your ear.
- Once the solution is ready, tilt your head to one side and pour in the solution using a dropper or cotton ball.
- Maintain the tilted position of the head for at least 10 minutes before gently adding warm water to the ear.
- Drain out the baking soda/water solution and softened cerumen by tilting your head in the opposite direction.
- Finally, clean out the wax using a soft cloth.