Earaches can be induced by exposure to loud noise such as chainsaws, lawn movers, listening to music via headphones on a loud volume or concerts etc. Oftentimes, earaches can be caused due to an ear infection or earwax buildup.
One must always ensure to keep their ears healthy by keeping them clean. Avoid using cotton swabs in order to clean your ears. If you wish to remove wax from ears at home, you can try wiping your ears with a washcloth that has been soaked in warm water. Washcloths are soft and don’t bruise or cause surface irritation. Being soaked in warm water helps in softening and easy removal of earwax.
Alternatively, you can use an earwax softener. These are easily available over-the-counter. Earwax softener drops are a gentle blend of hydrogen peroxide, baby oil, saline, glycerin etc. After administering the earwax softener, leave it in for some time (or as mentioned in the directions). Then clean the ears and you will find that the earwax comes off much easier. If you are looking to irrigate your ears, using an earwax softener prior to irrigation, will make the process a lot more effective.
Products such as this ear wax removal kit from Earwax MD are great for keeping your ears clean. Earwax buildup, if left untreated, can cause the development of blockage in the ear canal and lead to infection. In severe cases, it may even cause loss of hearing. Sometimes, the earwax accumulation can reach a stage where it becomes difficult for the ENT specialist to get a good look inside the ear for diagnosis of other ear-related issues.
Other great ways to keep ear health in check are to get regular check-ups and maintain a healthy exercise routine. Effective management of stress and anxiety also helps maintain good ear health.