Water jet devices, irrigation systems and syringes are all commonly used to clean wax out of the ear canal, according to American Hearing Research Foundation. Patients should always avoid using cotton swabs to remove wax from their ears, because cotton swabs commonly push wax deeper into the ear canal, potentially leading to hearing loss.
Using an ear irrigation system, patients can flush wax out of their ear canals at home. This device along with the syringe method uses water and saline solution to soften the ear wax for proper removal. Individuals should always warm the water and the saline solution to room temperature before using them to prevent side effects such as dizziness, notes the American Academy of Otolaryngology.