Monday, August 15, 2005

People don't like to discuss ear wax.

...But it is a common issue for some people to have ear wax build up enough for them to want to do something about it.

The most common approach is unfortunately not very safe. Dr. Bob Greene explains what we've all been told, how swabs in the ear canal are a bad idea.

You'll notice on the manufactrer's site , that they don't even mention ear wax removal as an application.

The typically reccommended approach involves a chemical solution, with or without an ear bulb. Effective, and safe when used as directed, but a little inconvenient and messy. Also fanatical-types need exercise care in not overdoing it. (Like toothbrushing, too much ear wax removal, too intensively, can be a bad thing)

But there is an easier way. A simple tool, with a built-in safeguard, was innovated by an ear surgeon. I was reluctant to try this, and even waited until it was on the market for about a year before trying it to ensure that it was't going to be pulled from the shelves for some unseen issue. I finally did get one, and it works great.

Even still, it's advisable take it easy, and to only go after the nuisance wax near the outer edge of your ear canal. This site discusses why ear wax isn't inherently bad, and why you don't want to remove all of it. That said, the loop works great, just don't get too aggressive with it.


Blogger Wendy said...

Hehe. You really take this earwax removal thing seriously, huh? ;)

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't even ask about the toungue scraper...

9:15 AM  
Blogger BusyBee said...

OK, you're getting closer to convincing me to use the Loop...I see you cringe when I'm using Qtips:)

11:48 PM  

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