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severe earwax build up: what do you do?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by thunderbyrd, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    about once a year, my ears get impacted with wax. it has gotten progressively worse each year. this year, I went to the doctor, they squirted each ear about 10 times and gave up. they told me to use ear drops for a week and come back. I have been using ear drops and irrigating with a syringe. Nothing is coming out. today I tried a hydrogen peroxide solution. there was much crackling and popping, but nothing came out. this is getting very tedious.

    anybody got a solution?
     
  2. tery

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    Go back to a Doctor .
     
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    Goto ear nose throat specialist.... They will go in and physically snag it...... Been there and that's what they did for me.
    Good luck
     
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    Go back to a doctor and get it scooped out. Many general practitioners will do this, but if you have to go to an ENT do that. Its worth it

    I have to do it about once a decade
     
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    My son had a nasty ear wax problem a while back. A chiropractor took care of it with some adjustments. Sounds too good to he true, but it worked.
    *Edit: It took a few weeks to notice. We didn't bring him there for an earwax issue. It just happened to work.
     
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    1. mineral oil to each ear, several drops, before bed.
    2. ear plugs. use Macks, or paraffin
    3. leave in overnight
    4. in the morning, over the bath tub, fill a a basin with warm water and lavage each canal gently but repeatedly until clear.
     
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    This worked for me: use the peroxide straight out of the bottle into a bulb syringe, let it soak with your head tilted for about 5 minutes, and use the bulb syringe with warm water a few times over a sink.

    NOW THE IMPORTANT PART: KEEP REPEATING THIS until it comes out. It took about 5 times, one right after the other, before a bunch of wax was dislodged. Some people suggest only doing this once; I suggest doing it over and over and not stopping until the wax is removed. It worked for me with persistence.
     
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  8. RLee77

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    You’ve taken the obvious first step — posting an ear wax issue in a guitar forum.
     
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    Actually, interesting thing - ear wax is largely cholesterol.

    Keep using the sodium peroxide. It can take a while. Keeping your head tilted is key while it sizzles. It may be a sign you're irritating your ears with noise.
     
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    There's a pedal for every problem.

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    I was going to recommend peroxide, but that’s already in the tried column. That’s what I do once a year or so.
     
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    Ear handling works. Seems like voodoo quackery, but it really does the trick!
     
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    This!
    Persistence is key.
    rinsing once used to work in younger years and I'd request the doc "stereo please" . not so, anymore.
    probably because listening to too much rap.

    Do it over and over and over and over and over and once again, not stopping until the wax is removed. ;):D
     
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    Working as a pharmacist for 35 years gave me an interesting perspective on ear wax impaction:

    The over-the-counter products such as Debrox or Murine Earwax Removal kits almost never worked for most folks unless the problem was not really impaction (loss of hearing and pressure). Also, there's hardly a chance in Hades that they will work unless the carbamide peroxide (active ingredient) is heated before being used, which is not recommended by the manufacturers because of liability issues.

    In my experience general practitioners had about a 50/50 chance of successfully dealing with the issue on a first time basis. I often saw patients who afterwards were improved, but not satisfactorily. A second visit with another round of ear canal flushing mostly worked.

    In not a few cases where the impaction was resistant to a flushing/lavage a visit to an ENT solved the problem very quickly via a specialized vacuuming tool.

    In short, if I should develop a problem with earwax impaction, I'll skip the OTC and GP routes, and go directly to an ENT.
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    I had someone do that for me a few years ago, and it worked... NOT AT ALL! :lol::lol:
     
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    Just like pickups, ear wax can keep some extraneous noise out .
     
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    Just sayin'............

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