Ear Wax Removal Methods and Treatments
Which methods of ear wax removal are safe and pain-free, which shouldn't be done at home and which can be dangerous? Click on a method below to find out more.Microsuction Hopi Ear Candles Ear Syringing Ear Irrigation Mimikaki Wax Removal Do It Yourself Methods
Why ear wax is created and how it serves our auditory system ?
As some may think, ear wax is not a sign of poor personal hygiene nor is it dirty. It is, instead, a substance secreted by special glands called ceruminous glands located in the external auditory canal and has a protective function. In fact, ear wax prevents the deposit of foreign particles (like dust) in the auditory system, capturing them due to its viscous nature. Through microscopic microcilia, this substance is transported to the outside of the ear, where it can be removed without difficulty.
It is often our cleaning attempts that cause problems
The continuing pressure with cotton buds alters the natural movement of microcilia and pushes the ear wax closest to the eardrum and damages it. Daily cleaning of the outer part of the ear canal with a tissue is generally sufficient to maintain proper hygiene. The highly annoying CAP can occur after a bath, a shower or a swim. Because it absords water, ear wax becomes softer and, once dried, it solidifies, creating a sort of plug that blocks the external ear canal, making it harder to perceive sounds.