Ear Wax Removal: Olive Oil and Waxsol

Why do Ear Nurses prefer using olive oil to soften ear wax? Read on to Learn the Pros and Cons of Each Method.

Earwax buildup is a common issue that can cause discomfort, hearing loss, and potential infection. While there are several methods available for removing earwax, two popular options include Waxsol and Olive oil.

Waxsol, a water-based solution often recommended by doctors and pharmacists, aims to soften earwax for easier removal. However, the Ear Nurses have found a few challenges in the consistency of the wax which causes:

  • The ear wax is difficult to remove due to the smearing effect over the ear canal and ear drum.

As an alternative, we recommend using Olive Oil to soften earwax before undergoing microsuction treatment.

Olive Oil is a natural and cost-effective option that proves more effective at softening earwax. However, it is important to note that olive oil should not be used in conjunction with other drops or if you have a perforated eardrum.

Microsuction is considered the preferred method for earwax removal. This gentle and clinically proven treatment is performed by trained Ear Nurses who use binocular glasses and suction. Here is how the process works:

  • A small suction device with low pressure is used to remove the wax.
  • Fine instruments like tiny forceps and spoons may be employed to assist in wax removal.

This method is similar to the one used by Ear Nose & Throat Specialist Doctors.

By utilising olive oil and considering microsuction, individuals can address earwax buildup successfully.