Cleaning your ears before doing a hearing test is really important. It’s also a great way to improve your hearing naturally. Ear wax removal is big business. Roughly 150,000 ears are rinsed and irrigated every week in the United States. Either by physicians or their aides. One percent of those cleaned result in broken ear drums. According to the Blue Book on Health Care, an average visit to clean the wax from your ears will cost you $88.00. That’s a whopping 690 million dollars a year. That translates globally into an annual health care costs of 1-2 billion per annum. All this could be eliminated by you just choosing to clean your ears before doing a hearing test with inexpensive over the counter products.
Studies by Dr. Shapiro in 2009 at UCLA have confirmed that the particulate matter in the pollution surrounding you in cities right now is one third more than it was fifty years ago. Shapiro says that is damaging the cilia in your inner ear. Along with the damaging noise levels of traffic in our cities has gone up one third as well. Include the free radical damage to your ears from deposits of everything from aspirin to salts, fats and sugars. Then that really lends good reason for the first and foremost dictum, CLEAN YOUR EARS OUT FIRST!
Save yourself the cost of a hearing device!
Many people could save the cost of a hearing aid with a simple cleansing solution. But first, lets look at all what not to do. Play it safe. Here’s some helpful hints, procedures and products that will make this endeavor easier. We have a series of videos by Dr. David Hill, where he clearly demonstrates everything you need to know about safely cleaning your ears in little three minute videos.
I have had my ears cleaned twice in my lifetime and was grateful each time I did. My hearing was acutely better afterward and so was my balance. Once was by a physicians aid and once by an Ear Candler. Most Doctors will not support ear candling. However it has been used for centuries as a remedy for ear cleaning. You choose.
If you have an ear infection or swelling do not clean your ears
If you have even a hint of an ear ache or infection you should not try cleaning your ears, as it is very unsafe to perform this procedure at this time. Please take note.
Never put a cotton swab in your ear canal
To start with never put a q-tip or cotton cleaning wand in your ear. Two reasons. One, you could push the wax further into the ear canal, thereby impacting wax or cerumen against the ear drum, causing more hearing loss. Or, you could puncture your fragile eardrums. A puncture is very painful!
It’s also important to have everything you need to use to perform your ear cleaning without interruption. One of the first things I would suggest you do is to gain the support of a “friend” or “family member” to assist you. Actually they will be giving the rinse procedure, you’re the participant who receives it. It’s just easier for someone else to administer the rinse water.
Everything you need is at your local drug store
Start with making your own wax softening solution to use. Or you can purchase many different ear cleaning products and syringes at your local pharmacy for under twenty dollars, last I checked (2013). Make sure everything you use in cleaning your ears is cleaned with hydrogen peroxide or has been sterilized.
According to Dr. Hill, mix one part (Tblsp.) of the alcohol with one part (Tblsp.) white vinegar. Or, use one part (Tblsp) alcohol to one part (Tblsp.) 3% hydrogen peroxide. Warm the solution first. Dr Hill suggests body temperature is best.
Another recipe is one part 3% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), mixed equally with one part mineral oil and one part glycerin. One part equals one tablespoon.
Avoid natural vegetable oils. They can cause cochlear toxicity
Other remedies include using mineral oil or baby oil. However, research shows that vegetable oils (eg: Olive) can go sour or rancid in the ear canal and cause damage to the ears cochlea. To avoid cochlear toxicity, do not use vegetable oils.
The first part of the procedure requires you to make up your wax busting solution. Then lay on your side with a towel under your head and put the solution in your ear pointed at the ceiling for ten minutes. You will hear the hydrogen peroxide bubble and crackle for the first few minutes. This shows you that the solution is working.
To administer the rinse solution you can use a simple large syringe, a ball or bulb type baster, or a measuring cup to do the job. Or you can just pour it directly into the ear from the bowl you used to mix the solution in, if there’s nothing else on hand. Keep your applicator one or two inches above the ear you are cleaning. Never in the ear.
Never squirt water against the ear drum. Aim it off to the side of the canal.
When your ten minutes is up, carefully turn your head and let the remaining solution drain from your ear into any handy bowl or receptacle you have on hand.
After you have successfully softened your ear wax it is now time to rinse your ears. Fill a container with a quart or liter of warm water with one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. Preferably at body temperature of 98.6 F. or 37 degrees Celsius.
Place yourself over the sink or bathtub for this next part
To properly rinse, pull the back of your ear lobe out and back, towards the back of your head. This opens the hearing canal and makes rinsing a lot more effective. Then pointing the applicator a few inches above and a little to the side of the ear canal, squirt the warm water into the canal until the syringe or bulb is empty. This is where having a friend really helps to keep things less messy. Do this as many times as if necessary. Until there is no more waxy residue coming from your ears. Then do the other side.
For heavy buildup of wax it may be required of you to do this procedure over again for as much as twice a day for three or four days. Anything more will strip and irritate the ear canal. You do need some wax in your ears to protect them.
When you are finished gently pat your ears dry. Be careful with your balance. Cleaned ears have a way of readjusting your balance. Be careful. Use a handrail or support for the first few hours after cleaning your ears with this method.
One article by Dr. Menner, a well know Otolaryngologist (Ear Doctor), suggested using a cordless water pic (WP450 Cordless Plus) on low stream. Using a reservoir with hydrogen peroxide three percent solution. Clearly aim at the side of the ear canal using this method.
Do not shoot the solution straight in the ear whatsoever
Doctors do not recommend that you use a water pic, but in many circumstances they use them. There are many videos on line showing you how to use them for cleaning your ears. Just be careful, that’s all.
If you are interested in rigorously maintaining your ears, some get an otoscope. That funny little flashlight the Doctor uses to see inside your ear canals with, with a magnifying glass attached. Plus a colette. A small spoon like wand that you can reach in and pull out your ear wax with. This is obviously done for you by someone else. We do not recommend that you do this yourself. Be safe!
There is a lot of research that says cleaning your ears can cure everything from sinus difficulties to the common cold. We encourage you to go online and research some of the benefits to your health by using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning your ears.
Cleaning your ears experience: April 2014
In an effort to improve my hearing naturally, I had an opportunity to do a self cleaning of my ears last week April, 2014. Here are some revisions to my earlier instructions. Using a turkey baster is for turkeys. You cannot get the regular or continual flow experience you need for cleaning your ears using this tool. The bubble baster with the finer tip specifically for your ears from the drug store does a much better job. You will need two people for this one. Finally, I used our water pic turned on low. I purposely directed the flow directly at the side of the ear and not the ear drum. It worked great! I highly recommend it.
What an amazing difference!
That was the third time I have cleaned my ears in my life. And every time I’m amazed at the results. Our neighbors voices were always a low muffled sound behind the walls of next door. I could never make out anything they said. However, while sitting catching my breath yesterday, I realized for the first time, that I was listening to each individual word they used with clear understanding of every sound they made. Gee! Should I tell them? What an amazing difference!
This is why we ask people who are new to our site to first start by cleaning their ears. It’s so important. Before making a decision on an expensive hearing aid for your hearing loss, get your ears cleaned. You will be really glad that you did. It’s like freshly brushed teeth, only it’s your ears. Then get behind telling your friends how they can improve their hearing naturally too. They’ll be really glad you did.
Videos for Cleaning Your Ears:
A home remedy for ear wax removal would be to use a wash cloth during a shower or to use a mixture of white vinegar and alcohol.Discover how a serious infection can be caused by improper flushing of the ear with help from a pediatrician in this free video:
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