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Among the most typical reasons for short-term hearing loss is an accumulation of ear wax, which obstructs the ear canal and disturbs hearing. People who have experienced this, and experienced a reduced ability to hear, clearly want to find out how to clean out their ears to avoid it. Having said that, you need to clean the ears correctly and safely, or else you may cause permanent injury to your ears.

To stress safety when cleaning your ears, let’s begin with what not to do. Don’t insert any physical objects into your ear. No matter if it‚Äôs a cotton swab or other object, you’re more likely to make the condition even worse by further compacting the ear wax if you start poking around in your ear. Another thing you shouldn’t do is use any device that injects water under pressure (such as a WaterPik) directly into your ears; to do this risks rupturing your ear drums. Finally, if you know that you have a ruptured eardrum, leave cleaning your ears to a hearing specialist. The same is true if you think you have an ear infection. Symptoms of ear infections include ear pain, fever, fluid draining from the ears and vomiting or diarrhea.

To clean your own ears gently at home, all you need is a syringe or bulb, obtainable at any drug store, and a solution with which to safely rinse out your ears. You can buy a carbamide peroxide solution at the drug store, or make your own solution by combining equal measures of glycerin, mineral oil and 3%-4%.

When using this solution, it is best to lay on your side on top of a towel to catch any dripping solution, or lean over a sink or bowl; then you simply squeeze the solution carefully into each ear, ideally without touching the ear with the syringe or bulb. Leave the solution in each ear for a couple minutes giving it time to work on dissolving the ear wax.

Once the ear wax has been softened and loosened by the solution, rinse each ear again with lukewarm water, and then dry the outer ears carefully with a soft towel. If the congestion continues, repeat this procedure for cleaning your ears twice a day for 2 or 3 days. Check with your a hearing specialist or audiologist if the problem continues.