Ear care in Tauranga is important to make sure that your ears stay healthy. If you visit any doctor in New Zealand, they will likely advise you to keep your ears clean with a variety of methods, from using cotton swabs to ear candling. These methods are all completely safe and inexpensive, especially compared to the price of major ear surgery. However, sometimes they can be a little messy. If you have children living with you or any loud noisy activities taking place where you perform your ear care, then it might become more of a hassle than it’s worth.
Ear wax in New Zealand is a fairly new phenomenon compared to what you’re used to here in the USA. In the past ear wax was basically formed by earwax, which was constantly being shed and expelled from your ears. Over time, the ear wax hardens and solidifies. This is why you often hear noises such as clicks or whistles when removing ear wax – this is caused by the ear wax solidifying. It also means that you need to brush your ears more regularly to remove the ear wax.
There are two ways to remove ear wax in Tauranga. You can either visit your local health food store (some do this at the corner of the block) and buy specially made ear drops, or you could use a natural product such as a sugar paste from the grocery store. You should avoid using commercial ear drops on your inner ear as the ear wax could enter into the canal and possibly cause an infection. In order to effectively remove ear wax in Tauranga, you need to soften the wax before applying it to the outside of your ears. This is done by using a cotton swab dipped in a mixture of water and baby oil (so that no unwanted oils are left) and wiping the swab across the wax.
Alternatively, you can use a cotton bud dipped in baby oil and gently rub your ears. To help prevent wax buildup, avoid rubbing your eyes too hard. The best way to clean your ears is from behind the ear – you should be able to see the cochlea, which is the white part of the ear. Pull gently on the ear lobe and gently push it out. You can use the same technique to remove ear wax from your hands and from your ears.
Another way to remove ear wax in Tauranga is with cotton buds. Use a cotton bud to dip into the hole at the back of your ear and then insert a cotton bud into each ear. Do not insert the cotton buds too far into the ear; they may find it difficult to get out. Continue down the ear canal and gently rotate your head to keep yourself at an angle where you are looking down into the hole in your ear. After ensuring there is no excess ear wax, remove the cotton buds.
You can also clean your ears with baby oil. To do this, you should first get some baby oil from your pharmacy or a drug store and warm it up before using it to cleanse your ear. Warm baby oil helps to soften the wax build-up and is therefore easier to work with than cold petroleum jelly or other strong cleansers. However, this should only be done if you have clean ears because any residue of baby oil can irritate your ear drums and cause an infection.
When you have finished with one ear and are about to wash the next, use cotton buds to push the ear wax down into the hole in the ear. Avoid pushing it further into your ear canal as you could possibly damage the eardrum. Gently pull the cotton buds out of the ear and wash the ear with water. Repeat this process in each ear until all the ear wax has been removed. Once your ears are clear of wax, you can put on your ear protector and leave it to dry.
You will know that your ear is free from ear wax once your doctor gives you a prescription for an ear bud cleaner or for a specialised ear drops. Ear care in Tauranga is very easy and you will soon notice a difference in the clarity and health of your ears. So, whether you choose to go to an audiologist or not for your ear care, keeping your ears healthy and clean can make all the difference to your sense of hearing.