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A Guide To The Best Types of Ear Drops For Heathy Ears

Updated: Feb 14, 2023




Earwax, also known as cerumin, is a natural substance produced by the glands in our ears to protect the ear canal and skin. While it serves a vital function, an excessive build-up of earwax can cause blockages, leading to hearing loss, discomfort, tinnitus and even infections. To address this, various types of ear drops are used to clean and dissolve earwax, making it easier to remove. In this blog post, we will be discussing the benefits of using ear drops to soften earwax and how they can help, along with an overview of the different types of ear drops available and their benefits, pros, and cons. The information below is to be used as a general guide and not a substitute for professional advice.


There are several types of ear drops available which are listed below, if required they can be purchased via our Amazon links or in clinic:


Olive oil is a natural and safe option for softening earwax. It works by lubricating the earwax, making it easier to remove. Olive oil is also gentle on the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the ear canal. Suitable for ages 1 years and up.


Pros: Natural and safe to use Lubricates earwax, making it easier to remove with anti-inflammatory properties soothe the ear canal and not as harsh as other chemicals.


Cons: May not be effective for severe earwax impaction and can be messy and difficult to clean up



Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide based ear drops, such as Otex, are a commonly used solution for dissolving earwax. It works by releasing oxygen bubbles that help to break down the earwax and loosen it from the ear canal. Suitable for ages 2 years and up (Children under 5 should receive direct medical supervision)


Pros: Effective for dissolving earwax and generally safe for most people


Cons: Can cause temporary stinging or discomfort in the ear and skin irritation if used frequently




Sodium Bicarbonate: Sodium bicarbonate is a type of baking soda that can be used to soften and remove earwax. It works by neutralizing the acidity of the earwax, making it easier to remove. Suitable for ages 1 years and up (Children under 5 should receive direct medical supervision).


Pros: Effective for softening earwax, Neutralizes the acidity of the earwax, making it easier to remove and generally safe for most people


Cons: May not be effective for severe earwax impaction and can cause temporary stinging or discomfort in the ear



Multi-Mineral Oils - Otic Guard Natural Ear Spray is a natural product designed to clean and protect the ears. It is commonly used as a solution for maintaining ear hygiene, cleaning and moisturising the ear canal especially beneficial for people who suffer from dry or itchy ears, and preventing ear infections. It contains a blend of natural ingredients such as olive oil, chamomile, and lavender oil which work together to soothe and hydrate the ear canal. Can prevent infections and keep the ear canal clean and free of bacteria. Suitable for ages 1 years and up (Children under 5 should receive direct medical supervision).


Pros: Made with natural ingredients, making it safe and gentle on the skin. Unlike other ear drops that contain harsh chemicals, this product is free of any harmful substances and is suitable for people with sensitive skin.


Cons: May not be readily available in all areas, and some people may have to order it online and the cost may be higher compared to other ear drops on the market.


Ear drops for swimmer's ear: also known as swimmer's ear prevention drops, are a type of solution used to prevent ear infections that can occur after exposure to water. When water becomes trapped in the ear canal, it creates a moist environment that can lead to the growth of bacteria and other pathogens. These ear drops create an acidic environment in the ear canal which helps to prevent the growth of bacteria and other harmful substances. Suitable for ages 1 years and up (Children under 5 should receive direct medical supervision)


Pros: Prevention of Ear Infections, particularly for those people who swim frequently or who are exposed to water for extended periods of time, easy to use, can be applied directly into the ear canal with minimal effort and convenient to carry. Compared to other methods of preventing ear infections, ear drops for swimmer's ear are relatively cheap and can be an affordable solution for those who swim frequently.


Cons: While ear drops for swimmer's ear can help to prevent ear infections, they are not 100% effective and some people may still develop an ear infection despite there use.

The acidic solution in the drops can cause irritation in the ear canal, which can be particularly problematic for those with sensitive skin or who have a history of ear infections.


In conclusion, there are several types of ear drops available for softening & removing earwax and protecting the ears. Olive oil is a natural and safe option for most people, and it is effective for lubricating the earwax, making it easier to remove and is the type of drops we would recommend. Hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate are also effective for dissolving and softening earwax, but they can cause temporary stinging or discomfort in the ear. Ultimately, the best type of ear drop for you will depend on the severity of your earwax impaction and any specific medical conditions or sensitivities you may have. It is always best to read the manufactures product information leaflet prior to use and always use the product as directed.


Its important to remember that ear drops, although they will soften the wax, may not remove heavily compacted wax and you may require other methods of removal such as microsuction. If you have tried drops and your ears are still blocked, click here to find out more about our ear wax removal services.


James Murray - MCPara

Director at YPCHealth & Ear Wax Removal Specialist


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