l Watchful waiting: Your body may naturally clear the impaction on its own. This is an option if you’re not bothered by symptoms. l Irrigation or ear syringing: This involves your doctor flushing your ear with a stream of warm water. They may also recommend an at-home irrigation kit. l Physical removal: Your doctor may use a suction device or a small, curved instrument to remove earwax.
l Ear drops: These soften earwax so it will disperse on its own. Your doctor may combine ear-drops with irrigation or physical removal. Finally, never use the following methods.
l Cotton swabs (Q- tips), bobby pins, paper clips, and toothpicks: Some wax may come out on these items, but all they do is push wax deeper into your ears, which could cause infection, irritation or injury, such as an eardrum puncture.
l Ear candling and ear coning: This involves placing a hollow candle or cone of waxed paper in the ear and lighting the outside end of the object. This practice can result in burns or perforation of the ear-drum.