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Bad habit of cleaning ears with hair clips, yellowish white smelly discharge, loss of hearing. Treatment?

for years i have been stupid and cleaning my ears with hair clips. it kind of became routine. i know it is wrong. for a long time now on a morning or anytime i clean them yellowy or white gunk comes out and smells. i often have smelly ears. but if i dont clean them them out i feel irritated or that i cannot hear to the best of my abbility.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
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Dear Concerned.,

Thanks for writing to us.

Wax is a greasy substance produced in the external ear canal basically to protect the ear from pathogens.It consists of Ear Canal cells/Sebaceous secretions/Keratin/Cholesterol.

If you have developed Impacted Wax., impairing hearing process//conductive hearing loss.,

pls use wax dissolving drops such as a combination of Turpentine oil/Glycerine/Arachis oil/Urea H2O2/Soda bicarb based solutions. In addition an ENT Surgeon can remove the same by using instruments.

As such wax is helpful to protect the ear from pathogenic organisms//Lubrication/protecting the ear drum.The wax is naturally removed when new epithelial cells replace the old ones and the older ones migrate towards exterior.Only when the natural expansion fails impacted wax results.
Removing the Wax with hair pin and other sharp instruments may lead to injury to Ear Drum/Bleeding /Reflex Cardiac Problems may also result.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.,

Best regards.,

Dr Lt Cdr ASN Bhushan.,


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