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Old 09-08-2018, 10:02 PM
 
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OP: I don't seem to collect wax in my ears. But I now and then will use a Qtip and dip it in hydrogen peroxide and very very gently clean my ears. I get a little wax sometimes. They say don't put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear, but I do what feels right for me.

Makes me wonder why some collect more wax than others. Think I'll google that one.
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:59 PM
 
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Hi all got a question. My right ear for quite a while i felt there is something blocking inside like earwax because i can't hear that well on it. Many years ago i recalled i had this issue and then i went to an ear doctor and apparently i had a lot of earwax stuck in my ear. I think it was the right ear as well. I then got some eardrops that i used from the doctor for a while but i recalled that made my hearing a lot better. I have used cotton swabs to try to go deep in the ear and i do get a little bit of earwax out but i read doing this is not good.


Do most of you who have this problem go to the ear doctor and have the doctor use the instrument to get all the wax out? Im pretty certain its ear wax but not sure. The other thing is i don't have health insurance so i pay myself. But a visit to an ear doctor should have them taking the earwax easily if that is it?
not needed now. Threads were merged. There are OTC solutions for this (usually a mix including hydrogen peroxide) or you can make your own cleaning solutions quite simply too. You can also get a bulb syringe to flush out your ear with warm water once the solution has loosened the wax. If this doesn't help, a GP or nurse practitioner can easily flush out your ear. The problem with trying to clean very far into the ear canal with a Q tip is that you can actually push the wax farther in or compact it more.

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Old 09-09-2018, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Do not use a Q tip. It will impact the blockage.
I had a blockage a few years ago that was driving me nuts. I got ear drops and used them accordingly. They will loosen the wax. I then used a bulb syringe and gently squeezed warm water into the ear. It took a few times but the wax plug came out.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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Just got back from the CVS Minute clinic and happy to report a positive experience, there was a nice female doc there who asked me my concern. When I told her I can't hear properly due to ear wax instead to trying to scam me (like my current primary doc did) she herself volunteered to look at it first for a minute first before she can confirm if she could help me that day. She said the wax is hardened and cannot be irrigated out before it is softened for 5 days continuously with Debrox after which I can come back and they can flush it out. She told me to just leave the ear drops there and not flush it out since it will take a few days to soften. No charge for the minute of her time.

Ok, this was not mentioned by my regular idiot doc at all. Besides, what impressed me was that CVS Minute clinic told me the upfront costs ($99 for ear wax removal) and did not try to charge me twice. Honesty is important in all fields but it is especially important in matters of health.

Some of these doctors have taken the hippocratic oath and everything to help others but they are the first in line to take advantage of people and see where the scamming can begin. I can't find a decent doctor in my zipcode because when I see healthgrades.com all the doctors have horrible ratings and complaint after complaint, it is scary. Ok, done with my rants now.
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Old 09-17-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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Got another question. What doctor do you go to for earwax remover? Does general practitioners remove earwax? I read in google that they do. I ask this because where im located there doesn't seem to be much ear specialist if any. But the places i contact here said they have regular doctors and yes they do remove earwax.
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Old 09-17-2018, 04:37 PM
 
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Got another question. What doctor do you go to for earwax remover? Does general practitioners remove earwax? I read in google that they do. I ask this because where im located there doesn't seem to be much ear specialist if any. But the places i contact here said they have regular doctors and yes they do remove earwax.
So what exactly is your question?

Looks like it was asked and answered for you already....
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:03 PM
 
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Alright thanks. One other question i have.


A few of the places that i contacted, they said they had regular doctors that would remove earwax. There is one place i have went to before a while back here and had it done twice... the first doctor who did it was very good, removed lot of earwax. The other one later on did okay but not great of a job. I contacted that place and they said that doctor is rarely there. Last time when i was there and i saw the doctor who was going to do it, i kind of didn't want to go there because i wanted to see the other doctor. But in experience with that specific doctor wasn't that good in terms of earwax removal.


Another place i contacted on this seem to have very good google reviews. I contacted them and they said they have regular doctors here and they do remove earwax. They charge just a bit more than the other place in terms of the visit. But doing the removal of earwax would cost x amount depending on materials etc. Now im curious but is there a big difference in going to one doctor over another doctor for something like earwax removal? Thus both places whether whatever doctor does it, should be the same quality wise? Or its better to pay a bit more for the place where it has very good reviews. In the google review page, people say its very good and on par or almost as good as in the US but they said its not a cheap place but did not it isn't the most expensive place either. Obviously people prefer to go to a better doctor since certain doctors are not as good as others, but for earwax removal, is it the same or better to pay more?


The other thing i want to know is would either doctor be able to detect any ear infection when looking at your earlubes or not? Because in the better reviewed place which i never went to, someone commented on how they had an ear infection and went to that place and the doctor was very good etc. I don't believe i have an ear infection. I just can't hear that much in my right ear. Also i notice when i drink water for example, my right ear feels something etc.


Thanks.
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Old 09-18-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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Sigh. Removing ear wax or examining ears for infections are such ordinary routine procedures any practitioner should be able to do them. Remember, people who bother to publish reviews about professionals are either very pleased with the service or very displeased. The vast majority of the customers were satisfied and saw no reason to bother putting anything on some website. Look, just get your ears examined and flushed by licensed health provider. You don't need a specialist, a nurse practitioner can easily handle this. If you are not satisfied with the result, TELL THEM.
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:34 PM
 
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Most clinics and urgent care can remove earwax. Just figure out what's best in terms of your insurance.
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Old 09-18-2018, 04:22 PM
 
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There is nothing magical about distilled water...it is purified but it isn't sterile.

Swimmers ear is caused by water being trapped in the ear canal usually behind a wax plug eventually leading to bacteria build up in the canal.

Distilled water is just as likely to cause swimmers ear as is pool water, lake water, ocean water....doesn't matter where the water comes from.....if water becomes trapped in the ear canal you have swimmers ear.

Distilled water is also "not safe" to use in an ear with a perforated ear drum...again that would be a "NO WATER" situation....nothing magical about distilled water....ear needs to be kept DRY
I am only replying to this post because swimmer ear was mentioned,I am 85 and haven't been swimming for many years.
What happened to me was from dental work.I had some work done in May and tooth and gum area was sensitive,I didn't think it much about it and around sometime in July I developed a severe ear ache and went to emergency care,I was diagnosed with swimmers ear,a bacteria.
The hinge area of my jaw hurt also.The doctor prescribed ciprodex,cost $147.
I did as told 4 drops per day for 5 days,on the third day when I woke up I told my wife,no pain in tooth and gum.I had a side effect on the 5th day,a dizzy spell,blood pressure 87/33,it came back in about 2 hours.
Right now I am deaf in that ear.The ear drum was swollen from this.
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