Obstruction of the outer ear canal from a build up of ear wax is one of the most typical causes of temporary hearing loss. If you are fairly confident that ear wax is the cause of your temporary hearing loss, you probably want to clean out your ears. However, you need to clean the ears safely and correctly, or else you could cause permanent injury to your ears.

For that reason, when presenting this list of tips, it’s a good idea to start with a list of things not to do. One of the things to avoid is trying to remove ear wax by placing cotton swabs or any physical object into your ears; this may cause the wax to compact further and exacerbate the situation. Never, use any device that sprays water under pressure. The pressurized water stream can rupture your ear drum. Last but not least, if you’re sure that you have a perforated eardrum, leave cleaning your ears to a specialist. The same holds true if you suspect you have an ear infection. If you think you might have an infection, common indications to watch for include fever, fluid draining from the ears, ear pain and eggs.

Cleaning your ears properly at home is possible with a rinse solution and a bulb or syringe from the local pharmacy. Get the rinse solution (generally carbamide peroxide) at a local pharmacy or blend your own by combining equal amounts 3-4%, mineral oil and glycerin.

To use it, lay down on your side with a towel underneath you or lean to one side over a sink and carefully squeeze the carbamide peroxide solution into one ear, trying not to touch the interior of the ear with the syringe or bulb. Leave the solution in each ear for a few minutes giving it time to work on dissolving the ear wax.

The solution will soften and loosen the accumulated wax so that it can be rinsed away. Use warm water to rinse each ear and towel dry. As before, do not insert anything into the ear when drying. If the obstruction continues, repeat this process of cleaning your ears twice daily for 2 or 3 days. If the problem still persist, call your a hearing specialist or audiologist.

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