Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 23

Thread: Now hear this: Don't remove earwax

  1. #1
    Elite Member celeb_2006's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    13,468

    Default Now hear this: Don't remove earwax

    Now Hear This: Don't Remove Earwax | LiveScience

    The gooey, golden stuff that builds up inside your ears should stay there, according to national guidelines on earwax removal released today.
    "[Earwax] is not intrinsically evil stuff, and consequently does not have to be removed merely because it's present," said Peter Roland, an ear, nose and throat doctor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "In fact, it serves a function and so if you don't need to take it out, you should just leave it alone."
    Roland chaired a panel of doctors in charge of the new guidelines for earwax removal issued by the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF). The guidelines are intended to serve two purposes: to determine under what circumstances earwax needs to be removed, and to give doctors the scoop on which removal methods work best.
    They hope the guidelines won't fall on deaf ears: About 12 million people a year in the United States seek medical care for impacted or excessive earwax. Impaction, they say, can cause pain, pressure, itching, foul odor, ringing of the ears, ear discharge and, in extreme cases, hearing loss.
    Good-for-you goo
    So there's a reason for the goo. Earwax is a self-cleaning agent, with protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties, doctors say.
    That's why tiny glands in the outer ear canal constantly pump out a watery substance, which gets mixed with bits of dead hair and skin and together is called earwax or cerumen. Excess earwax normally treks slowly out of the ear canal, with an extra boost from chewing and other jaw movements, carrying with it dirt, dust and other small particles from the ear canal. Then, dried-up clumps of the stuff fall out of the ear opening.
    When this natural earwax train malfunctions, or when individuals poke around in their ears with cottons swabs or other foreign objects such as bobby pins or matchsticks, earwax can build up and block part of the ear canal.
    "Then there are lots of people wearing earplugs for one reason or another, either because they've got hearing aids or they're transcriptionists at work or because they're addicted to their walkman," Roland told LiveScience, "and that can increase the likelihood that the wax doesn’t come out on its own."
    Older adults are more prone to earwax buildup then younger individuals.
    "The wax gets much thicker and drier, and plus you actually end up with more hair in your ear, when you're older, and so it traps it," Roland said.
    He added, "Unfortunately, many people feel the need to manually 'remove' cerumen from the ears. This can result in further impaction and other complications to the ear canal." He said the saying, "Don't put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear," holds true.
    Leave your ears alone
    For the everyday individual, the new guidelines suggest you leave your ears alone unless you experience symptoms that you think are associated with too much earwax.
    "If they're going to do something at home, they should probably use drops of some sort," Roland said. The panel found no evidence that one type of over-the-counter drops works better than another, or better than just plain sterile water or sterile saline, he said.
    The drops help to loosen the earwax and then the ear often can do the rest, he added.
    The guidelines also state that cotton-tipped swabs or other objects should not be used to remove earwax. Oral jet irrigators and the alternative medicine technique called ear candling are also strongly advised against.
    Ear candling involves making a hollow tube from fabric and soaking that in warm beeswax, which is cooled and hardens. Once cooled and hardened, the beeswax cone is stuck into the ear. The outer end of the tube is lit and burns for about 15 minutes, a process that supposedly draws the wax out of the ear.
    Studies have shown, however, that the drawn-out stuff is material from the candle itself. Doctors have also reported seeing patients who have burned the outer parts of their ears with this method.
    If the drops don't relieve your symptoms, or if you dislike drops but still have symptoms, it's time to see a doctor, Roland said.
    The panel found that three common techniques for earwax removal at the doctor's office work best, with no single method outshining the others. These include flushing the ear out with a water solution; manually removing the earwax under a microscope using medical instruments; and sending the patient home with ear drops.
    While at the doctor's office, Roland urges patients not to be embarrassed by a little earwax.
    "I get a lot of people in here who are horrified when I see a little wax in their ear, and then they start apologizing for being dirty and they're just very upset it's present at all," Roland said. "And I think the big message there is that it has a physiological function, and unless there's a reason to remove it, you should just leave it alone. It's OK."

  2. #2
    Elite Member greysfang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Burning Down Your Windmill
    Posts
    49,375

    Default

    Reason #1 - I like men sticking their tongues in there.
    FUCK YOU AND GIVE ME MY GODDAMN VENTI TWO PUMP LIGHT WHIP MOCHA YOU COCKSUCKING WHORE BEFORE I PUNCH YOU IN THE MOUTH. I just get unpleasant in my car. - Deej

    http://www.gossiprocks.com/forum/signaturepics/sigpic4098_9.gif Healthy is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

  3. #3
    Elite Member msdeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    in a van down by the river
    Posts
    39,431

    Default

    my husband is famous for digging his ears. as is his family. they all use bobby pins. dumbasses
    Basic rule of Gossip Rocks: Don't be a dick.Tati
    Lighten Up Francis WCG

  4. #4
    Elite Member LynnieD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    34,695

    Default

    Had bad wax build up and had to have it removed by a doctor because I couldn't freaking HEAR. It sucked! I don't fuck with Q tips anymore in the ear....I learned not to take your ears/hearing for granted.

  5. #5
    Elite Member AllieCat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Cali
    Posts
    4,212

    Default

    ^ same shit happened to me. Q-tips push all the crap further and further into the ear. Had to go to the doctor's cause I couldnt hear out of one of my ears.

  6. #6
    Elite Member Sweetie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Den of the roving cunty bitches
    Posts
    24,533

    Default

    I have to use Q-tips every time I get out of the shower. If I don't I feel like I have water in my ears.

    Msdeb, I have a guy friend that loves to use bobby pins and pen lids. I can't leave a bobby pin laying around if he's over.

  7. #7
    Elite Member Lalique's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    The land of ice and snow
    Posts
    6,222

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by msdebagain View Post
    my husband is famous for digging his ears. as is his family. they all use bobby pins. dumbasses
    My dad still does this. I remember as a teenager looking for a bobby pin that did not have his disgusting ear wax in it. Why he put them back after using them is beyond me.
    What I really want to know is whether it makes your poop glow in the dark after eating it! ~ Kittylady

  8. #8
    Elite Member msdeb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    in a van down by the river
    Posts
    39,431

    Default

    my daughter has to hid her bobbypins too! so we've decided if we find one of his disgusting ear pins, we toss it. he usually cant find them now. and he cant understand why he cant hear as well as he used to.
    Basic rule of Gossip Rocks: Don't be a dick.Tati
    Lighten Up Francis WCG

  9. #9
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default

    i got an ear infection once, turned out i had a chuk of wax built up in there as big as the last joint on your little funger.. got it washed out with a syringe full of water, made a CLUNK noise as it hit the bottom of the sink.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  10. #10
    Elite Member LaFolie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    in my dreams
    Posts
    5,051

    Default

    Ew.But I love to use Q-tips!!

  11. #11
    Elite Member dolem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    2,219

    Default

    I love Q-tips too. I just try not to really push when I'm in there, usually after a shower only.

  12. #12
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    1,387

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by msdebagain View Post
    my husband is famous for digging his ears. as is his family. they all use bobby pins. dumbasses
    My grandpa will use his car keys to get in there.

  13. #13
    Elite Member yanna's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    9,531

    Default

    I left my ears alone for about 2 months when I was in the UK because I couldn't discover where the hell they kept q-tips at Tesco, Boots or Sainsburys and I couldn't remember the English word for them to ask. Really uncomfortable. When I finally managed to get my hands on some Q-tips get some of that goo out the relief was orgasmic.

  14. #14
    Silver Member a31cefiro's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    365

    Default

    We call them cotton ear-buds here, and they are annoying! I have small ear canals so can't really use them. But bobby pins are good.

    Funny that I clean my ears on a regular basis and never get impactions, but my boyfriend didn't clean his for ages and he got a severe impaction and had to have it syringed out. I don't think this article accounts for people who produce an unusually large amount of wax.

  15. #15
    Elite Member TheONe's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Beantown
    Posts
    5,507

    Default

    Sorry but I'm cleaning mine. I have unsually small canals that are shaped weird...A few years ago I was in such pain that i went to the hospital and the dumb doctor said I had an infection...turns out that after taking the medication it didn't go away. I had to go to a ear, nose and throat specialist who went in there with tools, and water rinses...hurt like heck but the wax was gone and I felt a billion times better. I still use q-tips but don't go crazy with them.
    "My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat your children. Praise be to Allah." TEAM MILEY!!

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Did Alyssa Milano remove her implants?
    By funky_chicken in forum Breast Augmentation
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: February 15th, 2008, 09:56 AM
  2. Replies: 8
    Last Post: April 9th, 2007, 04:28 PM
  3. Does Mederma Really Remove Scars?
    By SVZ in forum Beauty and Skincare
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: December 27th, 2006, 08:48 PM
  4. Can you hear me now?
    By Luna in forum Laughs and Oddities
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: January 9th, 2006, 12:14 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •