Hands up, who likes to 'clean' their ears? Using those Q-tips or other instruments to try to remove wax and dirt can actually do more harm than good and is not recommended.
See why here: https://www.statnews.com/…/06/earwax-doctors-advice-ignored/
Ear wax may seem like a benign problem, but it can really reduce quality of life for sufferers, especially if it is causing poor hearing. This can be a problem in all ages but is often especially so in the elderly who may miss out in social interactions due to the associated hearing loss. The good news is that in many cases simple remedies can help to unclog the ear.
Dr Jack Lee at Katong Family Clinic has a special interest in Ear, Nose & Throat problems (amongst other services). He is trained and has experience in providing ear wax micro-suction. If simple measures (such as ear drops) fail to help, this is the safest way to remove a build up of wax or blockage in the ear under direct vision to restore a person's hearing.
Dr Sarah Packer is a Family Physician with a special interest in women's and children's health.