Earwax build up can be a very annoying problem. Noises sound muffled and it can be difficult to hear what others are saying. Not only can this become a major communication problem, but clogged up ears can make you irritable and sensitive to sounds.
Some of us just have more earwax than others, and it becomes important to keep this pesky problem at bay.
What NOT to do!
Whatever you do, don't insert something like a cotton-tipped stick into your ear and try to remove the wax. You'll only be impacting it and pushing it deeper into your ear canal which can lead to bigger problems (and possibly a trip to the doctor!). The best piece of advice I can give you that many doctors have said is 'Never stick anything in your ear except for your elbow!' Unless you're a contortionist, this is an impossibility, ergo, nothing should go into your ear that's not meant for your ear (earplugs are designed specifically for an ear canal and thus, they are okay!).
Also, if there is discharge draining from your ear, you should see a doctor as this can indicate an ear infection that may lead to more complications and even hearing loss. So, no home remedies if you have any sort of cloudy or bloody fluid draining from your ear. Head to the doctors and then check back here to see how you can prevent ear infections in the future.
What you CAN do
A good way to keep up on earwax build up can be performed in your regular shower once or twice a week. Tilt your head to the side under the shower and allow the warm water to go into your ear. Stand this way for about 30 seconds on each side. The water should soften the earwax and make it easier for it to come out naturally.
Eat crunchy foods that make your jaw work harder. The motion that your jaw makes when you chew also pushes earwax out of your ear canal. Try carrot or celery sticks or crunchy crackers such as melba toast.
Use natural home remedies such as doctor-approved earwax removal kits. Don't use just any home remedy that you find on the internet because some of these can actually harm your ear or cause permanent damage. Macks makes earwax removal kits that are both doctor approved and safe.
Cheers for now!