Ear syringing

The ears can become clogged due to an earwax plug. An earwax plug is a plug full of sticky or dried earwax that has become stuck in the ear canal. Sometimes overproduction is the cause, sometimes we have pushed it into the ear canal ourselves by using a cotton swab or by picking the ear. A blockage makes your hearing significantly worse and water often remains in the ear. The ears can be syringed out by a doctor. Some people wonder if you can also syringe out the ears yourself.

Earwax is important

Although we often think of earwax as a dirty, sticky substance, it is still a very important product. Earwax is produced by the earwax glands. Earwax is sticky and sticky at a young age and dry and gritty at an older age. It has a yellow to brown color. Earwax also contains flakes of skin, hairs, bacteria and viruses. The function of earwax is two-sided: on the one hand, it ensures that the eardrum remains flexible and on the other hand, earwax keeps the ear canal clean. By chewing and swallowing, earwax is discharged through the ear canal, where it becomes visible at the entrance to the ear canal.

Clogged ears

Sometimes the earwax is not sufficiently removed. This happens, for example, when we chew and/or swallow too little. But even if there are a lot of skin flakes and hairs in the earwax, this can sometimes remain behind. An excessively large clot has then formed. It is also possible that too much earwax is produced, which means that it cannot be removed quickly enough. People with hearing aids or people who put earplugs in their ears every day produce more earwax. In addition, the production of earwax is genetically determined, meaning that one person produces more than another. Whatever the cause: unremoved earwax causes clogged ears. Clogged ears are mainly noticeable in the beginning when showering, swimming or taking a bath and the ears fill with water. The water collects behind the earwax plug. This causes you to temporarily hear less well. By wiggling your finger through the ear canal, the water is loosened and you hear better again. Hearing loss may occur later. A blockage often occurs in both ears, but can also occur in just one ear.

Ear syringing

Do not attack the ear with a cotton swab yourself. A cotton swab only pushes earwax back into the ear canal. In addition, there is a chance that earwax is pushed deeper into the ear canal than where it is produced. A cotton swab is only intended to remove earwax from the auricle and the entrance to the ear canal. A clogged ear needs to be flushed out. If this does not happen, hearing will remain impaired. In addition, itching and swelling may occur under the existing earwax.
The doctor can easily remove earwax using a syringe. The auricle is pulled slightly upwards, causing the ear canal, which normally has an obtuse angle downwards, to stretch. The syringe is pushed into the ear and the water is injected into the ear canal forcefully and in bursts. It is important that the doctor never aims directly at the eardrum. The water that is injected vigorously washes the ear plug back with it. Sometimes it is necessary to spray with water several times. The ear canal is then dried thoroughly. It is often a strange sensation when the ears have just been sprayed. Simple sounds such as the car’s turn signal suddenly sound very loud. This makes you realize that your hearing was worse for a long time. Try to keep the ear canal itself dry in between: this reduces earwax production.

Spray the ears yourself

Many people want to buy an ear syringe device themselves. The advice is: don’t start with this. The jet of water should be sprayed against the top of the ear canal, so that the water forms an angle and thus carries the plug outwards. If you syringe the ears yourself, there is a good chance that you will syringe straight against the eardrum, resulting in damage. If you suffer from earwax, dilute the earwax using lukewarm (salad) oil. This softens the earwax and makes it easier to drain. Never use hot salad oil! There are also products available that dissolve earwax. These remedies are no better or worse than salad oil, but for many people they do give a safer feeling. Moreover, this product produces less mess than working with salad oil.
People who have their ears syringed out more often experience increased earwax production, so try to limit the number of syringes. The ear should not be syringed out if the eardrum has a hole or if there is an ear infection. Even if the ear becomes inflamed every time after syringing, it is better to stop. The doctor can also clean the ear using a hook, although this is less pleasant and often takes more time.

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