Ear wax can be removed at home by using over-the-counter ear drops such as Murine or Debrox or by gently rinsing the ear canal with body temperature water. If certain symptoms of ear wax impaction occur, it is best to seek medical attention.
Dizziness, vomiting, high fever and sudden loss of hearing are symptoms associated with ear wax impaction that require medical attention. If there is a tube or perforation in the ear drum, it is not recommended to try treating ear wax at home to avoid complications or hearing loss. To prevent future wax build-up, avoid using cotton swabs or other small objects to remove wax from the ear.