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Old 05-18-2019, 11:57 PM
 
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I get earwax build up every few weeks, and need to make an appointment to see a doc, so he can flush them out, but it's a drag cause then I always have to wait at least a week or more and the build up hurts. Is it possible to flush them out myself, rather than having to wait to rely on the doc to do it every time?
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:44 AM
 
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Sure it is. But as with any "self performed medical procedure" not everyone can trust themselves to do them properly. A ruptured ear drum or permanent ear damage is non reversible. Buyer Beware.

https://www.amazon.com/Hear-Earwax-R...s%2C313&sr=8-5
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Old 05-19-2019, 03:47 AM
 
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has the doctor never given you advice about how to prevent it from building up to that extent?
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Old 05-19-2019, 06:22 AM
 
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Sure it is. But as with any "self performed medical procedure" not everyone can trust themselves to do them properly. A ruptured ear drum or permanent ear damage is non reversible. Buyer Beware.

https://www.amazon.com/Hear-Earwax-R...s%2C313&sr=8-5
If you use the drops and a bulb syringe to flush our your eardrum, that should help. A lot of time those come in a kit at the drug store and they’ve been recommended by my PCP in the past when I had buildup. It sounds like the OP gets really fast buildup, so he might benefit by just putting a drop of the remover in on a regular basis.
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Old 05-19-2019, 10:52 AM
 
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Oh okay. The doctor's methods just flushes the ear out with water, and no drops are needed. Instead of using drops, he just uses a whole flush. Is that an option, or no?

Basically I get the build up from working in factory jobs where you have to wear ear plugs, and wearing them causes wax build up every few weeks. So I don't think the doc has any other advice, than get a new line of work I think.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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The couple of times I've had my ears flushed by a doctor's office instead of doing it at home, the main difference was their apparatus. It created a stronger longer flush than my little bulb at home could.

This is easy OP. You can get an "earwax removal aid" from a drug store, maybe even a supermarket. It consists of a syringe bulb and some ear wax loosening solution (basically hydrogen peroxide and some sort of oil or glycerin to soften the wax). You put the solution in your ear and let it sit for a while. You'll hear the peroxide foam as it works on thinning and loosening the wax. Then flush your ear out using the bulb and warm water. The bulb is the main reason for buying the product, as you can easily make a solution out of peroxide and warm water maybe adding a drop of baby oil.
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:54 AM
 
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Oh okay, thanks! It's just the doctor never had to use hydrogen peroxide prior to the flush, so I didn't think it was necessary.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:20 PM
 
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The couple of times I've had my ears flushed by a doctor's office instead of doing it at home, the main difference was their apparatus. It created a stronger longer flush than my little bulb at home could.

This is easy OP. You can get an "earwax removal aid" from a drug store, maybe even a supermarket. It consists of a syringe bulb and some ear wax loosening solution (basically hydrogen peroxide and some sort of oil or glycerin to soften the wax). You put the solution in your ear and let it sit for a while. You'll hear the peroxide foam as it works on thinning and loosening the wax. Then flush your ear out using the bulb and warm water. The bulb is the main reason for buying the product, as you can easily make a solution out of peroxide and warm water maybe adding a drop of baby oil.
The hydrogen peroxide method is VERY slow going, have to do it over and over again to clean an ear out completely. the peroxide eats the wax away, but it takes a long time to do it.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:34 PM
 
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The hydrogen peroxide method is VERY slow going, have to do it over and over again to clean an ear out completely. the peroxide eats the wax away, but it takes a long time to do it.
Guess that depends on how old the wax buildup is. Now that I recognize when an ear (one of mine tends to plug more easily) may be getting plugged sooner, I clean it out sooner so the solution works better. I've found that pre-treating my ears once before flushing usually works. But, everyone's ears are different. It also helps to do it right after a warm shower...everything is warmed up, moist, plus you've been massaging and scrubbing your scalp and ears anyway.
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Old 05-19-2019, 12:36 PM
 
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Oh okay, thanks! It's just the doctor never had to use hydrogen peroxide prior to the flush, so I didn't think it was necessary.
It may not be. Again, they use a stronger flush apparatus and can look into your ear canal to see what's there, where, and whether they've gotten rid of it.
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