To swab or not to swab?

 

Q:  How do you recommend removing wax from one’s ears?

 

A: A cotton swab used in a delicate, gentle manner is a healthy way for most people to clean their ears. After a bath or shower, a swab can help remove suds, dead skin and ear wax from around the outer ear and the outer opening of the ear canal. 

Do not push the swab into your ear aggressively. Instead, rotate the swab gently as you clean your ear. Use multiple swabs as necessary. If you use swabs, use them regularly. Some of our patients use swabs each morning and evening to reduce the wax build up in their ears.

At the Better Hearing Center, we show you a live video of your ears on a large 32-inch TV. It is easy to see any material collecting in your ears.

We can help you remove the build-up as well, and provide you with coaching on how to best keep your ears clear and clean.

Sometimes cleaning your ears can help you hear better. If you wear hearing aids, it only takes a tiny amount of wax to reduce their effectiveness. Take a look at our videos and comments on our website.