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Last Updated: August 28, 2019
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Ear Wax: Treatment, Procedure, Cost And Side Effectts

What is Ear Wax treatment? How Ear Wax treatment is done? Who is eligible for the treatment? Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the cost of Ear Wax Treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is Ear Wax treatment?

Ear Wax is an essential part of the hearing system. The term refers to a grey or yellowish substance that is waxy to the touch. This substance is present within the ear canal and is important because it not only helps with the lubrication within the ear but also because it helps keep bacteria, fungi, water, and insects at bay. Therefore, the substance itself is not a problem when it comes to your health. However, excess of ear wax can lead to problems, and this is when it needs to be treated.

Having large amounts of ear wax in the ear canal can cause problems with hearing and even lead to an acute loss of the same. Therefore, it is important to get the problem treated so that you can hear as clearly as you did before.

There are effective treatments for ear wax. You will either be given softeners which will allow the hardened wax to become pliable and easily removable or will be asked to go through a cleaning procedure with an ENT. In this procedure, a sterilized instrument shaped like a scoop will be used to scoop out the excess ear wax and clean out your ears.

How Ear Wax treatment is done?

The first step to getting the ear wax treatment done is to go and visit an ENT. The ENT will have a look inside your ear to see what the problem is and all that is needed for the diagnosis. There are no specific tests as this is something that can be confirmed visually. Once it is confirmed that your loss of hearing is because of too much ear wax, then the treatment can begin.

If there is hardened ear wax in your ear that cannot be removed without causing pain or injury, then the first step is to start with a softener. The softener can be anything like olive oil or castor oil. It will be administered with a dropper and put inside your ear so that the wax begins to get wet and get softer. Once that is achieved, it can be removed. Another way to administer the treatment is to simply scoop out the additional wax with the help of an instrument that is shaped like a scoop. It cleans out the entire ear and helps restore the hearing perfectly. Sometimes, additional items such as gauze will be used to clean the ears along with an antiseptic to ensure that no infection occurs. The procedure is generally painless though a little discomfort can be expected as the cleaning occurs.

Who is eligible for the treatment?

If you are experiencing the loss of hearing or feeling as though your ear is congested or stuffed, then you can visit an ENT and seek the treatment for excess ear wax.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If you have an ear infection or are suffering from other medical conditions related to your ears, then you may not be eligible for the treatment. It all depends on what your doctor says about your problem.

Are there any side effects?

There are no side effects to getting your ears cleaned. However, using an unsterilized instrument to clean the ear may cause infections. Furthermore, cleaning the ear harshly or without softening can lead to injury and pain.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are no post treatment guidelines. Ear wax is natural and is a part of your system. Though you can get regular check-ups with your ENT to prevent a large scale build-up of ear wax.

How long does it take to recover?

The procedure to clean your ear can take anywhere between 15 minutes to 30 minutes, depending on whether the wax first needs to be softened or not. The recovery is immediate and your hearing will be restored immediately.

What is the cost of Ear Wax Treatment in India?

Getting your ears cleaned can cause anywhere between Rs. 200 – Rs. 1,000, depending on where you get the treatment from.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Since the building up of ear wax is natural, you can expect the condition to return if you do not clean your ears on a regular basis.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There is no alternative to the treatment. Using Q tips at home should be strictly avoided as they pack the wax further within the ear into a tighter mass, rather than helping you clean it all. They are very bad for you and should not be used.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hey am diana 25 years old. I have blocked years with wax and am using otorex ear drop how long will it take to remove the wax. Thank you.

Firstly you should stop otorex instead use either waxolve\waxilve\waxclear ear drops 2 drops every 3 hours for 4 days then go to an ent doctor so that he may remove your earwax from both ears. Under no circumstances are you to even try to remove t...

Sir I had some infection in my ear due to which it was paining, so I went an ent specialist. Dr. Prescribed me 1. Aulanic lb 2. Autflamsp 3. Go wax e/d 4. Shotrab dsr capsules. After taking these for 7 days on my second visit he prescribed me 1. Gastroheal d capsule 2. Lzin m 3. Twinactive 625 tab 4. Go ear wax drop. After 4 days I went again I told him that every think is fine now but there is some kind of discomfort going on like while sleeping when I move my head it looked like something was coming in contact with eardrum or something else. Also when I put pressure on eustachian tube by blocking air I noticed that in infected ear there was lot of noise or sound due to some moving inside my ear or something else but the other ear was fine. But he said that it was nothing it would be alright on its own in 1 to 2 days. But it did not be normal in 7 days but the pain in my ear started again and it was itching so I inserted cotton in my ear I saw black substance instead of ear wax and it had no smell. It also used to come when I went to Dr. When I had pain the first time. So please tell me did the doctor investigated the ear well or he just said now I was fine. And what is the problem I am having in my ear. And it is happening the same way it did the first time. Should I go to Dr. Again or should I put some hydrogen peroxide in my ear to try and clean it myself. Will be waiting for your answer.

You should not attempt to clean ear yourself as it poses risk of damage to your eardrum. Get a proper ear examinaion by an ent specialist.

I have ear problem. My problem related tympanic membrane in right ear doctor suggest for surgery. Can soliwax ear drop help to remove fungal pores both ears?

Soliwax ear drops are wax softener, it's not helping in removing fungus surgery is required for perforation in tympanic membrane.
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Hi I recently had an block ear I used olive oil but it seem to block it even more do you recommend olive oil and now it feeling better can I now wash the inside of my ear with water and soap or is it best not to use soap please let me know and let me know about olive oil.

You probably have ear wax. Kindly consult your ent doctor rather than trying out so many home remedies and eventually catching an ear infection and making it worse. Please consult your ent doctor.
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I am a 37 year old female and have a blocked ear for the past month. I have tried using oflox drops but they have not helped. It feels like my right ear is full of water. Sometimes it gets unblocked but for the most part it's blocked and effects my hearing on the right ear.

First of all we must see the cause of ear blockage, there are many reasons for ear block like impacted wax in ear canal, perforated ear drum, acute infection if it is feels like full of water then it means having respiratory tract infection and tr...
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