Posted on November 18, 2014
We often get asked “how can I prevent ear wax building up?”
Many studies have been done to to look at the prevention of ear wax accumulation. Unfortunately, the studies show that there is no one tried and tested method that is effective in preventing ear wax build up.
Anecdotal evidence from clinicians does provide some simple solutions that have varying success rates.
How to Prevent Ear Wax Build up
It has been suggested that those with an increased propensity for cerumen production may benefit from regular ear care to reduce the risk of developing an impaction (source)
Measures that may be beneficial in reducing cerumen impaction include:
- Regular cleaning of the ears by micro suction or curettage every 6-12 months. Must be done by a trained clinician.
- Weekly instillation of a cerumenolytic agent (wax softening ear drops)
- Regular attention to ear care using self care measures such as irrigation where indicated (source).
If you would like to have your ears assessed and cleaned, you can make an appointment to see Qualified Nurses by visiting www.clearears.com.au
The table below outlines the therapeutic options: Their advantages and disadvantages (source)
The Don’ts of Ear Wax Removal
Practitioners have the opportunity to counsel patients on the risks and potential benefits of specific control measures source.
Patients should be counselled not to insert foreign objects, such as cotton-tip swabs or bobby pins deep into the ear canal as these objects can further contribute to impacting cerumen already present in the canal.