5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Try to Massage Ear Wax Out Yourself

Written by Mr Awajimijana Otana

Awajimijana Otana is the Director of Audiology at Verified Hearing. He leads the team of audiologists who provide you the 5-star hearing service you experience each time you visit us. His professional body (The British Academy of Audiology) has recognised him with national awards for his exceptional contribution to the clinical practice and research within Audiology in the UK.

January 18, 2023

If you’re experiencing discomfort or difficulty hearing due to ear wax build-up, you may be tempted to try and massage it out yourself. However, this is not the best course of action. Here are five reasons why you should leave ear wax removal to the professionals:

  1. You could damage your ear drum. The ear drum is a delicate membrane that separates the ear canal from the middle ear. It is easily damaged by sharp or hard objects, such as Q-tips or fingers. Massaging ear wax out could cause a tear in the ear drum, leading to pain, dizziness, and even hearing loss.
  2. You could push the ear wax further into the ear canal. When you try to massage ear wax out, you could accidentally push it further into the ear canal, making the problem worse. This can lead to a blockage that is even harder to remove.
  3. You could increase your risk of infection. The ear canal is home to a variety of bacteria and fungi, and introducing foreign objects into the ear can increase your risk of infection. This is especially true if you have any cuts or scratches on your skin.
  4. You could make the ear wax harder to remove. When you try to massage ear wax out, you could cause it to become compacted and harder to remove. This can make it more difficult for an ear specialist to extract the ear wax safely and effectively.
  5. The best way to remove ear wax is to book with an ear specialist. At our Verified Hearing clinic, our ear specialists are trained to safely and effectively remove ear wax using specialized tools and techniques. We can also advise you on how to prevent ear wax build-up in the future.

In conclusion, the best way to remove ear wax is to book with an ear specialist at our Verified Hearing clinic. We discourage self-help methods, such as massaging ear wax out, as they can cause damage, increase the risk of infection, and make the ear wax harder to remove. Trust the professionals to safely and effectively remove ear wax for you.

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