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Dr. Michael Burnett Specializes in Problems of the Ear, Nose, Sinuses and Throat.

As of June 1st, We have reopened our office and are now taking in office consultations.

An ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. They have special expertise in managing diseases of the ears, nose and nasal passage sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. ENT is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.



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Ear Wax Removal by ENT Doctor

The Best Ear Wax Removal Techniques According to Doctors

Although cotton swabs are still marketed as being the preferred method of ear wax removal, doctors actually recommend various alternatives in their place. You can gently clean the wax out of your ears while in the shower using a warm, wet cloth – without any soap. There are earwax candling kits that use heat, suction and candle wax to safely remove earwax. However, the following techniques are usually the most suitable and come most highly recommended by doctors.

Vacuum Suction

While you have to be very careful about what you put in your ears, commercially sold earwax removal tools that use the power of suction are deemed to be quite safe. These tools basically use low powered suction to pull the excess wax out of your ears. Safe, fast, affordable, and effective, vacuum powered earwax removal suction tools only require you to swap out their batteries once in a while.

Ear Drops

There are many kinds of medicated ear drops that literally dissolve earwax on contact. Some ear drops have to be used several times a day for multiple days before your ears will be fully clear. This is because these kinds of products are safe and gentle enough to be used on babies and small children. If you have an aversion to putting anything in your ears but you want them to be squeaky clean, try ear drops.

Gentle Oil Cleansing

Earwax is just a buildup of excess dirt, which means that some people’s ears are going to get dirtier than others. Doctors have found that excess earwax will literally glide out of your ears if they are sufficiently lubricated. This is why using generic oils such as glycerin or baby oil can help you to keep the inside of your ears quite clean indeed.

Cotton Swabs

In truth, doctors generally don’t want patients to jab and poke around the inside of their ears, but they make an exception in certain cases. If you can’t use ear drops, don’t like the feeling of oil inside of your ears, and would rather not use a vacuum powdered tool, then traditional cotton swabs are still effective. Use cotton swabs that are very wide on the ends and be very gentle when you clean your ears.

Whatever method you use to clean your ears, just be certain that it is gentle. Earwax isn’t a health hazard unless you let it build up for years. If all else fails, you can just have your doctor do it for you. Make an appointment with the best NYC ENT doctor today if you feel you need help with excessive build up.

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Michael C. Burnett, MD

115 East 57th Street
(Between Park + Lexington Ave.)
Suite 600
New York, NY 10022