1. When to See a Doctor
If you think you’ve pushed earwax way back into your ear canal and a hot shower or ear drops don’t help, you may want to have a physician assess your ear. If necessary, they may prescribe stronger eardrops, ear irrigation, or they may remove the wax in their office.
The best way to prevent earwax impaction is to let nature deal with your earwax. Avoid using Q-tips inside the ear canal, but feel free to gently clean the outer portion of your ears. Just remember to leave the ear canal cleaning to nature and — if necessary — a physician. Because when it comes to something as delicate and vital as your hearing, it’s best to leave the wax removal to the professionals!