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Ear Wax Dos and Don’ts

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

DO

Ear
  • Understand that ear wax is normal and should be left alone, unless it is causing you symptoms such as; blocked ear, aural fullness, reduced hearing, itching, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), decrease in the sound quality of hearing aids, or whistling hearing aids (feedback).

Ear Medical Product
  • Seek medical advice if you have; otalgia (ear pain), otorrhea (discharge coming from the ear/s), bleeding from the ear/s or if you are concerned that you have something in your ear that is not ear wax.


 

DON’T

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  • Clean your ears yourself. This may irritate your ear canal and increase the risk of an ear infection and the risk of ear wax impaction.

  • Put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear. This makes sure that you don’t injure your ear canal, tympanic membrane (ear drum) or middle ear bones.

Ear Exam
  • Use ear candles. This ‘alternative method’ for wax removal is ineffective and can potentially be dangerous.

  • Ignore symptoms. Book an appointment at Clear Ears Perth if you are experiencing any ear health symptoms and we can recommend the most appropriate treatment.



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