Ear wax removal methods
In the past, one popular method of cleaning wax out of the ears was syringing, which involves squirting water into the ear using a hand-held syringe. This method is now considered unsafe when using a syringe manually. The pressure can’t be regulated which can lead to perforated eardrums.
Another popular ear wax removal method is irrigation. Like ear syringing, this involves water being flushed into the ear which pushes out any excess wax. Since the pressure can be controlled, unlike ear syringing, this method is considered safe, although it can be messy. A basin is often used to collect the excess water.
Ear candles and over-the-counter ear vacuum cleaners show no evidence of being effective.