Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should I Remove My Ear Wax?

Friday, 30 Nov 2012 09:52 AM




Question: My wife has started having ear-candling done at a local spa. She says she hears better after having wax removed. Is this harmful?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Do not use ear-candling to try to remove ear wax. It is dangerous. Serious burns and permanent hearing loss are not infrequent complications of ear candling. Do not use ear candling for any reason ever.

Ear wax can accumulate in the external ear canal, more often in some than others. If the over the counter drops for ear wax removal are not for you, go to your family doctor and ask to have your impacted ear wax removed. Often drops will be provided for you to use before removal to help soften the wax, then the wax can be gently irrigated clear without trauma to the tissue.

Irrigation is safe with experienced hands who know to do it safely and effectively. Sometimes your doctor may also use a soft disposable plastic curette to snag a wax ball. Avoid using Q-tips for impacted wax. You will often pack it further back.

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