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How to Clean Inner Ear Wax

author image Daniel Schellenger Jr.
Daniel Schellenger Jr. started writing in 1992 with his first publication in an EMS trade magazine. Over his 16 years in public safety, he has published in professional magazines, including "Disaster Recovery Journal" and "EMS Magazine." Awards include a certificate of achievement by the Emergency Management Institute, and he is currently pursuing a degree in emergency management at the University of Colorado at Denver.
How to Clean Inner Ear Wax
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The presence of wax in your ears is a natural occurrence. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, specialized cells in the ear canal secrete a wax-like substance called cerumen designed to keep the inner ear protected from moisture and infection. Normally, the cerumen moves towards the opening of the canal and falls out on its own. Some conditions such as over-production of ear wax, chronic ear infections or the use of hearing aids cause wax to build up in the ear canal. This results in discomfort, hearing loss and possible damage.

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Step 1

Prepare your supplies. Within easy reach, place your cotton swabs, cotton balls, hydrogen peroxide and dropper. If you have a trusted assistant, this process would be easier.

Step 2

Lie on a horizontal surface with one ear facing upward. Use the dropper to place three to five drops of hydrogen peroxide in the upward facing ear. You will hear bubbling, which means the peroxide is working. Allow the peroxide to work for at least 15 minutes or until the bubbling stops.

Step 3

While still lying down, place a cotton ball in the ear canal of the ear in which you just placed peroxide. Now, lie with the other ear facing upward. The cotton ball will catch the material coming out as you change positions.

Step 4

Place three to five drops of hydrogen peroxide in the opposite ear. Again, wait at least 15 minutes, or until the bubbling stops. Place a different cotton ball in the opposite ear to catch the material draining out when you sit upright.

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