How To Clean Ears Safely
Posted on 8th September 2022 at 10:00
By Charmain Leek, RHAD, MPPM
Never put anything smaller than your elbows in your ears – TRUE!
Most of us do not know what our ear canals look like and we don’t always realise how fragile they are, or the damage we can do when simply trying to remove ear wax and clean inside them.
This guide is designed to explain why we need to be careful when we clean inside ears (ours or someone else’s), and how to clean ears without causing damage.
When performing ear wax removal, I always use a video Otoscope
This helps me to show my patients the before and after image of their ear canals.
Normally your ear canal should have 2 bends in it... why? To stop you damaging your ear drum.
The ear canal in an adult is approximately 2.5cm. When I’m carrying out ear wax removal I wear Loupes, magnifying lenses to give me a clear safe vision of the ear canal to ensure safe controlled removal of ear wax.
How to clean ears safely
So, the old wife’s tale is very true! We advise against using a cotton bud to clean ears.
For safe ear wax removal I recommend using olive oil to soften the ear wax, and then a clean flannel dampened with warm water to gently wipe around the outside area of the ear.
If ears still feel blocked, then an ear wax removal treatment (book EWR Treatment here) is the best way to safely clean inside your ears.
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