Ear plugs and ear care

Ear wax (cerumen) plugs in ears — are very common; they are a result of anatomic features of our ears and incorrect ear care. Cerumen plugs may cause discomfort and influence the quality of life, therefore they must be removed carefully and in timely fashion; they must be prevented using some simple rules.

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How cerumen plugs are formed

Ear cerumen is produced by the ceruminous glands and has important physiological functions: it cleans the auditory passage from a detached superficial skin layer, moisturizes the skin of the external auditory canal and protects ear canals from foreign matter. Normally, ear canals follow the self-cleaning pattern: cerumen is pushed to the ear orifice during chewing, talking and yawning. But if the ceruminous glands produce too much ear discharge, if the self-cleaning process is disrupted due to anatomic features of our ears or due to incorrect ear care, an ear plug may form.

How cerumen plugs appear

An ear plug is a substance containing earwax, sebaceous gland discharges and superficial skin particles. Depending on the size, a plug may partially or completely block the auditory canal. Usually an ear plug manifests itself when water gets into the ear. It swells up and blocks the auditory canal, thus causing abrupt impairment of hearing, ringing and buzzing in the ears. If the ear plug is close to the ear-drum, its swelling may cause pain in the ear, dizziness, nausea and headache.

What to do about an ear plug

Doctors recommend not trying to remove an ear plug at home; so, if you face such a problem, you'd better visit an otolaryngologist.

Cerumen plugs and ear care

Foreign matter getting into the auditory canal activate the ceruminous gland. That is why otolaryngologists recommend not using cotton buds for ear care: they compact earwax and push it deeper into the ear. The result of such systematic procedures will be ear plugs. Moreover, a cotton bud may lead to micro-damage of the delicate skin in the auditory canal, thus providing conditions for infections and inflammation; in some cases it may cause ear-drum damage. As the self-cleaning mechanism of the external ear is a natural process, for proper care and to avoid the need for ear plug removal, all you have to do is to keep your outer auditory canal and earflap clean using efficient and safe methods.

Aqua Maris® Oto for regular auditory passage care

It is used for relevant auditory passage care and cerumen impaction removal in children and adults. The action of Seawater promotes mild and natural removal of ear wax along with alien particles and makes it possible to avoid using potentially injurious cotton buds.The vial has a special nozzle turning the stream backwards and preventing damage to ear-drums. The product can be used by adults and children from 1+ year old.

How to get rid of an ear plug safely at home? Use an innovative Aqua Maris® Oto spray.

It can be used both for adults and children of 1+ years old to clean the auditory canal and to remove ear plugs. Aqua Maris® Oto is a completely natural product based on seawater, which is abundant in natural minerals and microelements. The special reverse tip of the spray bottle directs the flow of the liquid into the outer orifice of the auditory canal and prevents cerumen getting into the inner ear. The seawater helps to dissolve the ear plug and the microelements and minerals protect the delicate skin of the auditory canal. Aqua Maris® Oto can be used for regular ear care; this is particularly important when using deaf-aid, earphones, telephone headsets, and after staying for some time in a dusty environment. Aqua Maris® Oto is a safe alternative to cotton buds because the product does not cause damage to the skin; it prevents cerumen from moving deeper in the direction of the ear-drum and prevents excess cerumen production. Aqua Maris® Oto spray is suitable for ear care during pregnancy and breastfeeding.