Ear wax is naturally occurring substance that protects the ear, but can cause issues when found in excess. The problem is often caused by at home wax removal techniques, such as inserting cotton swabs or other objects in the ear. These methods may push the ear wax deeper into the ear, causing blockage. Symptoms can include partial or total hearing
loss and earache.
Products that soften the earwax are available over-the-counter (OTC). They make it easier to remove the wax or allow it to drain out of the ear. Carbamide peroxide (Debrox) or hydrogen peroxide drops can be placed into the ear. They can cause some ear irritation and should only be used every two days. Mineral oil or glycerin drops can also be used to soften
the ear wax. After using these products, it may be necessary to wash out the ear using room temperature water using a syringe or bulb.