Ear Cleaning

Beneficial Hearing Aid Center

Audiologists located in Ocala, FL

Cleaning your ears at home can lead to numerous negative outcomes. While it’s fine to wipe out the visible portions of your outer ear with a tissue or soft cloth, you should never insert anything into your ear canal in an attempt to remove earwax or cellular debris. A professional ear cleaning is a fast and straightforward process. At Beneficial Hearing Aid Center, Leigh Ann Watts, AUD, CCC-A, and Allison McMichael, AUD, offer professional ear cleaning services. If you live in or around Ocala, Florida, the experienced team offers safe and professional ear cleaning that can help your hearing aids function at optimal levels. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

Ear Cleaning

What are the risks of at-home ear cleaning?

Your ears are self-cleaning, and there is no need to attempt to clean the inside of your ear canals at home. That said, some men and women produce more earwax, or cerumen, than others. 

If you notice an accumulation of earwax or feel that excess wax is impairing your ability to hear, you might be tempted to take matters into your own hands. 

Hearing professionals across the nation agree that placing anything into your ear canal is a dangerous proposition. 


To begin, introducing a foreign object into your ear canal can transfer bacteria deep within your ear where it can prompt an infection. Even a brand new box of cotton swabs is not sterile. 

Secondly, a number of things can go wrong if you attempt to clean the inner portion of your ears. Some of these risks include the possibility of a ruptured eardrum or significant hearing loss. 

Is there a safe way to perform an at-home ear cleaning?

If you want to remove visible ear wax in the outside portion of your ear, simply use a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe away accumulated wax and dead skin cells. A few drops of mineral oil, baby oil, or glycerin in each ear can help soften your earwax. 

The most important thing to remember is to avoid inserting a cotton swab or any other tool into your ear canal. 

Very often, the only outcome is that you will push earwax even further into your ear canal and impede your body’s ability to clear it out on its own. You should also never put hydrogen peroxide into your ears, as this can cause serious problems. 

Ear candles are a popular ear cleaning tool. They are tapered cones that you insert into your ear and then light the other end on fire. Studies show they are not an effective way to clean your ears, and they can even cause burns or pierce the inside portion of your ear. 

What happens during professional ear cleaning?

Having a medical professional conduct an ear cleaning is a far better approach for removing excess earwax. There are two primary approaches: irrigation and curettage. 

Irrigation

Professional ear irrigation uses a special earwax removal medication to soften and break apart accumulated earwax. Many formulations include carbamide peroxide. Water is then gently flushed into your ear canal to remove the wax. 

Curettage

Professional curettage uses a special medical tool called a curette to gently scrape accumulated earwax from the sides of your ear canal. Suction helps remove the loosened wax. 

Aside from the fact that medical professionals have advanced training in the anatomy of the ear, a professional also has a far better vantage point from which to perform these procedures without causing harm. 

If you’d like to schedule a professional ear cleaning, call the Beneficial Hearing Aid Center team or use the easy online booking tool today.   

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