We have had a bunch of our patients ask us about the Ear Wax Vacuum Kit they have seen advertised on t.v. As earwax tends to be a problem for many people and also as we have repeatedly recommended against using Q-tips to remove wax, we can see how so many people would be interested in something that would remove wax buildup from their ears.
However, repeatedly we have had to burst their bubbles.
While this product sounds good, pretty much all is does is make a vacuum-like sound. Anything that would be strong enough to suction wax from your ear would be extremely dangerous to use without proper training. If ear wax build up is a significant problem, it should be removed by a profession who has the proper training and equipment (magnifying lights and medical grade suction devices or other removal methods.)
If ear wax is a problem, our recommendation is as follows:
1. Use softening drops such as Murine to soften and loosen impacted ear wax.
2. Have the earwax removed by a professional (audiologist, MD or RN)
3. Once the professional has removed the wax and verified that the ear drum is in good condition, then use an over the counter wax removal system such as theDebrox ear wax removal system. This will help to keep the ear wax from building up and causing problems in the future.
Just in case you are still tempted by the Ear Wax Vacuum, here are a few of the reviews of people who have tried the product:
- “didn’t work – absolutely useless – it is headed for the trash. sounded like a good thing to have – am disappointed” — Luis Jean Green
- “What a joke. There is absolutely no pull; suction. It does not have enough suction to do anything at all. It makes noise. That’s it.
One of the most expensive paperweights I have ever bought.”– Tribalwolf
- “All I heard was a whirling noise and intermittently felt a light air suction. I didn’t see any wax come out but the air dried up the wax making it feel even worse, if that is possible. This is not something I would recommend.”– C. Prinkles
- You can also see a video of someone actually trying the product here:http://eyeopenertv.com/2013/05/22/does-it-work-waxvac-ear-wax-remover/#axzz2VSZyYTXy
So, the answer to our question, “Does the Ear Vacuum Really Suck?” The answer is yes. But not in a good way.
If you have any questions at all about ear wax removal, please give us a call at 801-770-0801.