Ear wax is produced by cerumen glands found in the ear and acts as a protective agent, preventing any bacteria and dirt from entering the ear canal. Usually the ear wax drains itself without any effort, but at times the cerumen glands start producing more wax than normal. The excessive production leads to wax build up, resulting in hearing loss, pain, itching or ringing ears.
If you experience more severe symptoms, such as dizziness and loss in balance, you should consult an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) specialist for ear wax removal. However, there are a couple of home remedies to loosen mild build ups.
- Hydrogen peroxide of 3 percent strength or carbamide peroxide earwax removal solution
- Cotton balls
- Bulb ear syringe
Fill the eyedropper with three percent hydrogen peroxide solution.
With your affected ear tipped up towards the ceiling, straighten the ear canal by pulling the earlobe up towards the face and away from the neck.
Place the eyedropper filled with peroxide solution at the opening of the ear and squeeze around five to ten drops of the solution.
Remain in this position for 15 to 30 minutes, allowing the peroxide to stay and soften the wax in your ear canal.
Place a cotton ball at the ear opening and sit up to allow the peroxide solution and softened ear wax to drain out of the ear canal.
Treat the other ear with the peroxide solution in the same way if required.