Cleaning your ears is one of the things that people love to do, but can cause tremendous harm to themselves while doing it. While it may be satisfying, there are many different ways that you can go about cleaning your ears improperly. Here we will take a look at the three major ways that people try to clean their ears the wrong way, and then show you why you should to an audiologist for ear cleaning.

Ear Drops

One of the ways that you can go about cleaning your ears that is moderately effective is by using ear drops. You simply put the required amount in your ears and then wait for them to take effect before tilting you head and allowing them to drain out. The problem is that most people will not be satisfied with a little drainage and will use a cotton swab to finish the job.

Cotton Swabs

Another common way that people go about cleaning their ears the wrong way is by using cotton swabs. People wet them or apply peroxide and then dig around in their ear until they have removed enough wax. The problem is that people do not know when to stop using cotton swabs and can often push the wax deeper into the ear and cause further impactions. Also, stabbing yourself in the ear drum is a very common problem with these swabs.

Stay Away From Ear Candles

Perhaps the most useless and dangerous way of cleaning your ears of wax is using ear candles. The hollow candles rely on melting the wax and forming a vacuum in your ear that can then be pulled free to allow the earwax to drip out. However, this rarely works, and comes with the added risk of possibly lighting your hair on fire when you are lighting the candle and tilting your head.

Going To An Audiologist Is The Right Choice

The only method that you should use for cleaning out your ears from wax is going to an audiologist. They have all of the tools to diagnose your earwax issue with accuracy. Then they can go about cleaning your ears without any risk to your eardrum, or a negligible risk. Afterwards, they will establish a schedule that you can come back and seek additional cleanings as they are required or to suit your needs. Overall, the best way to clean your ears is to have a professional do it for you.

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