Hearing management

Posted by: Charisse | 2013/11/16


remedies for a clogged ear

My ear is clogged with wax. I want to open it. What remedies can I use? I have tried fiddling with an earbud but the problem cannot always be solved with an earbud as the buildup of wax is too hard sometimes. It also leaves me with earache for weeks afterward.

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert
- 2015/06/29

Dear Charisse

Thank you for your posting.  I would recommend that you do the following:

1. I am aware that there are commercially available products that could be used for this purpose.  One such product is called the Cerex Ear Rinse kit.  These products should be available at most pharmacy's.  For more information about the ear rinse kit, please visit the following website:
2. If the above mentioned product does not help, I would strongly recommend that you visit your GP or local clinic.  The GP or nurse should be able to syringe your ears.

I hope that you have found this information useful.


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Posted by: steven | 2014/04/30

Lookin for cerex ear rinse

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/02/26

I recently had the same problem and was told by a friend that a certain doctor recommended one or two drops of sunlight liquid. I tried this and it worked perfectly. I had however, had to repeat the process once more. I left the sunlight liquid in my ear over night and rinsed same with my next shower.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2014/02/26

What can I use in my ear I've got a yellow discharge

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Posted by: Irene | 2014/02/26

I agree with Anonymous. But I suggest that one drops some 'sweet oil' into the ear, the night before. Block it with some cotton wool. The next morning the wax will have softened and then it is easy to flush it out with the rubber syringe.

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Posted by: eedgan | 2013/11/19

Buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%) at the chemist - costs about R13.00, Lay on your side and pour a few drops in your ear, I use an eye dropper - allow the peroxide to work (it will bubble in your ear) for about 10 minutes. Rinse ear with warm water. Will remove even hard and compacted wax.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2013/11/19

Get a rubber syringe (also unfortunately known as an "enema bulb"). Fill with warm water whilst having a shower. Tilt your affected ear towards the ground and syringe the warm water (start with low pressure and increase slowly so that you don't damage the ear drum). The hot water runs out. The wax is first melted and then flows out of the ear. Keep your ear facing down until all the water is out. If some water remains it can be flushed out just using air from the same syringe.

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