- In this video, I'm gonna show youhow the newest over-the-counterearwax removal system, Earwax MD, works.
(upbeat music)Hi guys, I'm Cliff Olson, Doctor of Audiologyand founder of Applied Hearing Solutionsin Anthem, Arizona.
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One of the most common things I seein my clinic is patients with excessive earwax buildup.
And as it turns out, excessive earwax buildup isactually extremely common.
Now a little bit of earwax is good.
It actually coats and protects your ear canal.
But when too much of it builds upwithout working its way out of your ears,it can lead to problems like hearing lossor ear fullness.
It can even make your ears feel itchyand it can cause tinnitus which is otherwise knownas that ringing or buzzing inside of your ears.
Now I know what you're thinking.
If I have some earwax in my ears,I'll just go for a Q-tip.
Q-tips are actually really dangerous to use.
Not only can you rupture your eardrum,but you can actually push earwax further inside of your earand then when it starts to dry out,you can actually have an impactionwhich is much more difficult to get out of your earthan if you didn't use a Q-tip at all.
So you might be getting a little bit of earwax outwhen you use a Q-tip, but at the end of the day,you're probably causing more harm than good.
Now when you have impacted earwax,it actually creates an even bigger problem.
So when you come into my clinic with impacted earwax,I usually have to send you home for a week usingearwax softeners in order for you to come backto my clinic so I can suck out what's remaining.
Because of this, I'm always evaluating new productsthat come to market.
And this time, I stumbled across Earwax MD.
What Earwax MD claims to do is actually softenthe earwax quicker or even dissolve earwaxto make it easier to remove whether you do it at homeor whether a hearing care professional does itin their clinic.
So what's the science behind Earwax MD?Well, the first thing is is that it uses sodiumand potassium bicarbonates.
And what these do is they interactwith the long-chain fatty acids found in cerumen,otherwise known as earwax.
And what it does is it turns theminto more hydrophilic rather than hydrophobic moleculeswhich means that they absorb water easier.
The second main ingredient is glycolic acid.
What glycolic acid does is it actually interactswith skin cells because you have to remember,earwax isn't just wax, it's wax combined with dead skinand with hair that's inside of your ear canal.
And so if you can actually loosen that dead skin,it will start to break apart the earwax.
The third main ingredient is glycerine.
What this does is it drives water into skin cellscreating kind of like a hyper hydrating effect.
Now when you combine all threeof these ingredients together,you basically have a perfect recipefor softening your earwax.
Now this all sounds great, but before I recommendanything to any of my patients,I need to make sure that it works.
So I went ahead and asked several patientsto come into my clinic so I can seehow well the product works on them.
In total, I had five patients come into my clinicso I could see if this product actually doesa better job at softening and removing earwax.
And in this video, I'm gonna show youthe two most complex cases.
Let me introduce you to Heather.
- I'm Heather Wynn.
I'm a retired nurse practitionerand now I have an alternative healing practicecalled Arizona Healing Alternative.
Probably started when I was about 30and the wax just builds up and then it getsto a point actually where I can't hear.
- Alright, let's take a look at Heather's left ear.
Warning, this might be a little gross.
So here I am doing visual otoscopyand what you're seeing there, that dark substance isher earwax.
And let's show you the right ear.
Again, as we go into the ear canal,that darker substance right there is the earwaxthat is in her ear, quite a bit of it.
Alright, so now we're gonna put in the Earwax MD.
So here you see me putting the Earwax MD solutioninside of Heather's ear to fill up the ear canal.
And after 10 minutes.
- So then it looks like it is, oh my.
- Want to hang on to that?- No, should we frame that?That's disgusting.
Should we frame it?- [Doctor] And there you go, that is the sizeof the plug that we were able to pull outof Heather's ear using Earwax MD.
So let's take a look at her ears after Earwax MD.
There you go, nice and clear.
That is her big beautiful eardrum,right there with my light shining off of it,reflecting off of it nicely.
And let's take a look at her right ear after Earwax MD.
A little bit of residual wax aroundthe outer portion of the ear canal,but ultimately a great looking eardrum in her right ear.
So we'll do a side by side comparisonof both the left ear, and there you haveon the left is before the removal.
On the right is after.
And for the right ear, on the left is beforeand on the right is the after.
- They feel wonderful.
Truly, no seriously, it was uncomfortable before.
So thank you.
I feel fantastic.
- [Doctor] Excellent.
- It just felt like regular drops and it felt,the interesting part about it wasI could almost feel it moving things around.
I could feel on the right side it felt likeit was going in a little bit deeper than on the left.
So I could feel that happening,very comfortable sensation though.
Oh, it was, relief when it came out and so easybecause the thing that's so frustrating for me is whenyou're doing drops over-the-counterand you're doing this at home,you have to do this for several several daysbefore you even get any relief.
This is wonderful to be able to just do the dropsand then get it out.
- Earwax MD was a resounding success for Heather.
It really left her earwax so softthat it was super easy for me to pull it out of her ear.
And you saw the huge clump that came out of her right ear.
Alright, so Heather was a success.
Let's take a look at Linda.
- My name is Linda Larkin.
And I'm from Anthem, Arizona.
It started many years ago.
I honestly don't know how long ago.
I, all of the sudden out of the clear blue sky,I started to get this itching and this feelingsomething was going on in my ears, like annoying,not painful just annoying.
And it felt like, you know, when I would putmy finger in my ear, it definitely was wax.
I did ear candling and I did some drops, natural drops.
And I guess that's all.
I don't do very much treatments.
I'm not into, I don't go to medical doctors so.
- [Doctor] Alright, let's take a look at Linda's left ear.
As we go in, she has a really dark black plugthat is completely blocking off her ear canalon this side.
Her other side did have a little bit of earwax,but this was the ear that we were really focused ontrying to get that plug out of.
Here I am administering the Earwax MD.
After 40 minutes and four removal attempts later.
(suctioning)Here we go, we got it.
- Really?Oh my God, that's huge.
I hear so much better now.
- [Woman] I bet you do.
Like I noticed it even when he was in there.
I could tell something was betterbecause I could hear.
- [Woman] I bet you your ear will not itch as much.
- I'm sure it won't.
That wax is what's making it itch, of course.
It's been sitting in there probably for years.
- [Doctor] Alright, let's take a look at Linda'sleft ear after Earwax MD as I dothe visual otoscopy to look inside of her ear.
There we can see the eardrum in her left ear,something that we could definitely not see beforebecause it was completely blocked off by earwax.
And here we have the side by side comparisonof before using Earwax MD in the left earand after using Earwax MD, definitely a huge difference.
- Much relieving.
I feel it, my hearing is definitely more acuteand I don't feel that itching or all thosesymptoms that I had.
It feels clean.
- Now Linda's earwax proved to be a tall orderfor Earwax MD.
It actually took us four 10-minute applicationsof Earwax MD to really soften things up enough,at least around the edge of the plugthat was inside of her ear for us to be ableto get that plug of earwax out.
And you saw of course on camerahow big that plug was.
And that was adhered to her ear canal wall.
So it was literally stuck against her skinand so it really took us all fourof those applications of us trying to applythe Earwax MD, squirt it out with the bulb syringe,and then really suctioning it outwith my suction device, and only on the fourth attemptthat we did that were we actually able to get it out.
She was pretty exhausted by the end of thatas you can imagine.
And for her, if she was using that at home,I'm not really sure it would workthat quickly for her.
And I think she was going to end up needingprofessional assistance with that earwax regardless.
Alright, so I'm gonna recap real quickfor the five patients that I had.
Every single one of the patients was ableto leave my office within that hour sessionwith squeaky clean ear canals.
And I'm not entirely sure that it could have beensomething that I could have donewithout using Earwax MD.
Now I didn't compare it directlywith other typical over-the-counter type solutions,but what I do know for sure is thatwhen you use Earwax MD, it softens that earwaxand it definitely makes it easier to pull out.
Alright, so let's talk about the four thingsthat I really like about Earwax MD.
And the first one is it works really quickly.
One of the biggest problems that I have isthat when someone comes in with the earwax impaction,I need to send them home for an entire weekto use a typical peroxide over-the-counter solutionto soften that up enough so they can come backinto my office so I can suction it out of their ear.
So if I can use Earwax MD at the officeand within a 30 to 45 minute time period,completely clean out someone's ears evenif they're impacted, that is a huge bonus for mein the clinic and it just kind of goes to showthat if you're trying to remove earwax at home,it's something that absolutely worksand works quick.
The second thing that I like about it isit doesn't have some of the same nastyingredients that you would findin other over-the-counter earwax softeners.
Some of those ingredients that you readon these other leading brands of earwax softeners aren'tnecessarily the healthiest products in the world.
So when you're looking for a product,you want it to work.
And so if those other products work, that's great,but if you can find a product that worksthat doesn't have all of that junk in it,I think that's even better.
The third thing that I like about it is thatyou don't need to go into your hearing care professionalin order to use it.
You can get it over the counter or onlineat stores like Amazon.
And because of that, you can actuallyeither prep at home by using it before goinginto an appointment to have earwax removedor you can just use it at homeand if you use it consistently enough,you'll be able to make sure that you keepyour earwax at bay.
And number four is that it completely removedimpacted earwax out of my patients' earsin only 40 minutes.
Now I know that 40 minutes seems like a lot of time,but typically what would happen in that scenario isthat you would go home for an entire weekusing drops multiple times a dayfor 15 minutes at a time, only to come backa week later after really having a bunchof gunk in your ears, for me to suctionit out at that point.
You can do all of that in 40 minutesrather than multiple applicationsevery day for an entire week.
And with the good always comes the bad,that bulb syringe, that bulb syringe,it's bad.
I mean I just I don't like it.
Now I think it's a necessity so if you are using Earwax MD,you want to have a way to kind of washthat solution out of your ear.
And using the bulb syringe is a great way to do that.
But do not expect it to just blast allof that earwax outside of your ear.
You may need to use something a little bit more substantial,even if it's just a bigger bulb syringe.
But really one of those spray bottlesthat is specifically designed to remove earwaxor even one of those actual hand-held irrigators.
Overall it appears that Earwax MD does in fact work.
In fact in my clinic, I'm going to replacethe old brand that I used to use with Earwax MD.
If nothing else, even if it works exactly the same,I like the ingredients inside of Earwax MD betterthan those other over-the-counter productsthat I've been recommending before.
One thing I have to say is thatit is impossible to know for sureif you have earwax and how much of that earwaxthat you have in your ears.
If you are having the sensation of being plugged up,it doesn't necessarily mean that it's earwax causing it.
So you should always have it checked outby a medical professional.
And I also have to warn you that if you experiencediscomfort using this product, it is not somethingthat you should continue to use.
If you have a puncture or a hole insideof your eardrum, you should absolutely not shootanything inside of your ears whetherit's Earwax MD or water or anything else.
And the third warning is do not flushyour ear out with cold water.
It will make you dizzy or even feel nauseous.
Now if you want to order some Earwax MD for yourself,I will have a link in the description belowthat you can click on to go to Amazonto buy the exact product that I am talking about.
I will also have a link in the description belowso you can get a better irrigating toolthan that bulb syringe than they have in the box.
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