Safest Way to Prevent Impacted Earwax?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Sameer, Jun 4, 2019.

    1. Sameer

      Sameer Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely sound-induced, but not entirely sure.
      Hi, all, ever since turning 18, my ears have been producing too much earwax and it's become impacted twice so far. Seems like an annual thing.

      According to my GP, the reason for this is because I have steep/narrow ear canals or something.

      First time the earwax got impacted was in 2018 and I got it flushed out after using earwax softening drops for a few days. Everything was fine afterwards.

      Happened again this year, just a month ago and I've developed hyperacusis and extremely increased tinnitus (probably 3 times as loud as it was before and now it fluctuates all the time) directly after the syringing.

      I'm really worried and thinking that if it gets impacted again and I have to get it removed, it will increase my condition even more and I don't know how I won't go insane.

      Any suggestions on how to prevent impacted earwax? Do I just use the same softening drops a couple times a week? Thanks.
       
    2. Markku
      Inspired

      Markku Founder Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Syringing
      Excellent question. I suffer from this as well, my ears used to get filled with wax very easily, but not so after I started a weekly maintenance process.

      These days, once a week I use an ear spray that contains jojoba oil - the product I use is actually marketed for prevention of excess ear wax and approved by many local ENTs. There are many similar products.
       
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    3. Tweaker
      Transparent

      Tweaker Member Benefactor

      Location:
      UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure
      I bought a little video otoscope off eBay and check for wax build up by looking in my own ears. When it starts to build up but before it gets too bad I get it removed by private audiologist who uses Jobson horne under microscope. No syringing, no microsuction, no noise. Perfect. But only possible when wax is not impacted. Hence, I monitor wax build up with video otoscope.
       
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    4. Sage
      Cheerful

      Sage Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      have tinnitus and have recent PT, from recent sinus infect
      Hi everyone, Sage here,

      I have heard that some people accumulate too much ear wax, which can contribute to tinnitus and sometimes PT, inadvertently as well. As I hear about this, I realize that dealing with wax in the ear, can be a delicate and or dangerous thing, if not handled properly. There are so many techniques and ways for removal, but the care of a qualified doctor is the best way to begin. But unfortunately, I have also heard horror stories, where some doctors do not know how to properly clear out ear wax and have caused serious damage in the interim. So be aware and do your due diligence before trusting anyone, always.

      In closing, there is so much health information out there, what to believe or not, we must remain diligent with who and what we trust with our own health. Sometimes trying to decipher which is truth or fiction, can be challenging. It is our bodies and our health, we have control over our own care.

      Thanks and have a great day... and I wish those who are suffering with this illusive malady, find satisfaction.

      the Sage
       
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      Sameer

      Sameer Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Most likely sound-induced, but not entirely sure.
      Would you mind linking the product you use or providing the name and picture? Thanks.
       
    6. Earing
      No Mood

      Earing Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      I have learned over the years to partially unfold a paperclip and carefully remove the wax. My doctor uses a pencil like tool with a wire loop. I use the paperclip like that, and I unfold it a way that doesn't let it go into my ear all the way. I also use my index finger to carefully guide and restrict the depth. I am not sure I should post this, but it has helped me for the last 15-20 years. I used to have problems with overproduction of wax. If you try this technique, please be really really careful!
       
    7. Earing
      No Mood

      Earing Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2010
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise
      A SMALL PAPERCLIP!
       

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