Earwax removal has to be one of the most searched terms on all of YouTube, Facebook, Google.
Now, I am constantly searching for at-home products that you can use to remove earwax yourself. But as of this point, I have not found a product that works 100% of the time on everybody. However, I may just have found the best way to professionally remove earwax from your ear canals.
And I’ll get to that here in a minute. But before I do, here are a few different ways of professionally removing earwax from your ear canals. The first one is by picking the earwax out using a curette or a cotton swab.
The second way is using suction to basically suck the earwax out of your ear canals. And the third one is using irrigation, which is basically flushing earwax out of your ears. Now, each of these methods work, but they do have their drawbacks.
When you look at manual extraction of your earwax from an ear canal, if you have really dry, impacted earwax, it can actually be painful to have that earwax picked out of your ears, especially if it’s adhered to the ear canal wall.
Suction only works when you have really wet earwax that’s not necessarily sticky or when you have earwax that is not adhered to the ear canal wall, but this can be really loud for a patient inside of their ear canal.
Most irrigation systems come in the form of handheld water bottles, and it’s really hard to get the amount of pressure necessary to dislodge earwax from an ear canal. And on top of that, it’s really hard to control the temperature of the water that you’re using to irrigate someone’s ear with.
Not to mention, for really tough cases of impacted dry earwax, individuals usually have to go home for several days and use the earwax softener like Debrox or Earwax MD to soften the wax before they come back into the office to have one of these three methods performed.
That is, until I found the Earigator. Now this is not a sponsored video for Earigator, and they do not even know that I’m making this video. But I love the Earigator so much that I just wanted to share with you the reasons why I think it’s perhaps the best tool to remove even the toughest earwax from someone’s ear canal.
The first reason I think the Earigator is one of the best professional tools for earwax removal is the water pressure. Typical clinics use just a handheld bottle system that doesn’t generate enough pressure to dislodge earwax from an ear canal, but the Earigator uses up to 12 pounds per square inch of pressure to dislodge even the most stubborn deposits of earwax.
Thanks to AHead Simulations and their CARL transparent ear canal simulator, I can actually show you video of what’s happening inside of an ear canal during irrigation, and the difference that this water pressure makes when removing earwax.
In particular, I can show you the difference in effectiveness between the Earigator and a typical handheld bottle irrigation system. On the left-hand side of the screen, we have the Earigator and on the right-hand side of the screen we have the Wax Blaster MD.
Using a raisin to simulate a plug of earwax, we can see that within 10 seconds the Earigator was able to remove the raisin with relative ease. After 20 seconds of using the Wax Blaster MD, I finally gave up, realizing that I was never going to be successful at removing the raisin with the limited amount of water pressure I was able to generate with the handheld bottle.
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The second reason the Earigator is so awesome is that they have the ability to control the temperature of the water and keep it at 37 degrees Celsius, which is basically 99 degrees Fahrenheit. Quick little story for you here.
My grandmother went in to an ear, nose, and throat clinic because she had earwax in her ear canals that they needed to get out. And what do they do? They irrigate her ear with cold water. And what does that do? That makes her extremely dizzy, and that dizziness kind of lingered for a couple of days.
Now here’s something that you might not be aware of. When you introduce water into one of your ear canals, and that water temperature is significantly higher or lower than your body temperature, it can actually create a convective effect of the endolymphatic fluid inside of your horizontal semicircular canal, which can make you extremely dizzy.
Needless to say, this is exactly what happened to my own grandmother when they shot cold water into her ear canal, but this is not something that you have to worry about with the Earigator, because it controls the exact right temperature to prevent dizziness.
The third reason the Earigator is such a great tool for removing earwax is that it works so fast, and it’s typically very pleasant for my patients. My time is valuable and my patients’ time is arguably even more valuable than mine.
So being able to do earwax removal very quickly and painlessly is something that’s great for everybody. The Earigator allows me to remove a bunch of earwax really quickly without that patient having to go home for several days and use a bunch of earwax softeners before I can just get that earwax out of their ear canal.
The Earigator usually works in a matter of seconds and the process of removing the earwax is often enjoyable for patients, as they walk away from my office with squeaky clean ear canals. Let me show you just how effective the Earigator is on my favorite earwax patient, Heather.
Now you may remember Heather from my ear candling video and other videos where I test out different at-home earwax removal products. Let’s take a look at Heather’s ear canal before using the Earigator.
You can see that she is completely impacted with earwax to the point where I can no longer see any part of her eardrum. After letting the water reach her approximate body temperature at 36 degrees Celsius, I proceeded to irrigate her ear for about 20 seconds.
This is what Heather’s ear canal looked like after using the Earigator. As you can see, the Earigator was able to remove 100% of Heather’s earwax impaction, leaving her ear squeaky clean and giving us a clear view of her healthy eardrum.
Here’s a comparison view of Heather’s ear canal before the Earigator on the right-hand side of your screen and her ear canal after the Earigator on the left-hand side of your screen. If you would like to see how well the Wax Blaster MD handheld bottle system performed on Heather’s earwax, make sure that you check out my Wax Blaster MD review that I will have linked in the description of this video.
but when it comes to the Earigator, there is no question that it is extremely effective at removing earwax. Now, I pretty much love everything about the Earigator, but there are a few drawbacks. First and foremost, if you have a perforation or hole in your eardrum, then you cannot use the Earigator.
It is contra-indicated. Because if you don’t have a barrier preventing this water from getting into your middle ear space, it is going to be extremely painful. It also takes some extra time to set up.
So unless I keep it plugged in all day to keep the water temperature at 37 degrees Celsius, it takes several minutes for that water to heat up. I also have to prep my patients with a waterproof cape just in case I get a little reckless with the gun and shoot water everywhere.
When performing irrigation, I also have to be really careful not to point that stream of water directly at someone’s eardrum, because it can generate a lot of pressure and it can just feel uncomfortable.
So I have to make sure that I keep that stream of water around the outside of the ear canal and flush earwax out that way. However, when it comes right down to it, I’m not sure how I ever functioned without the Earigator inside of my clinic.
And the only thing better than to never ever have to remove earwax from someone’s ear canal is to just blast it out of their ear canal with the Earigator. All right, since 99.99% of the individuals watching this video will never be anywhere near my clinic to have the Earigator used on them, I do have a link in the description of this video to help you find a professional near you who uses the Earigator.