Oh, and never use cotton buds (which I don't).
Yeah, if not Q-Tips then what are we supposed to use?
Yeah, if not Q-Tips then what are we supposed to use? I'm not really in the mood to stick oil in my ears...
Good to know. I'll give it a shot and not comment back on the results. Enough mention of gross stuff in this thread already...
I've been using one of these for a few years now (the site doesn't look all that nice). It does a cracking job of cleaning my ears and there's a noticeable increase in treble afterwards.
If this catches on, I can really envisage audiofools demanding to know someone's audio hardware and ear-wax levels before taking their subjective opinion seriously.
Someone is bound to market audio-grade olive oil too (at some enormously inflated price).
Since a few years I've been pushing them into the ear canal trying not to touch the skin wall and only when I've reached the ear drum scrape along the wall in circles moving the Q-Tip slowly outwards like a reverse drill.Another consideration: what about in-ear monitors? They push the wax a lot more into the ear than cotton buds do, I guess. IEMs really scrape along the walls of the ear canal.
Quote from: Fandango on 18 November, 2009, 07:47:32 PMSince a few years I've been pushing them into the ear canal trying not to touch the skin wall and only when I've reached the ear drum scrape along the wall in circles moving the Q-Tip slowly outwards like a reverse drill.Another consideration: what about in-ear monitors? They push the wax a lot more into the ear than cotton buds do, I guess. IEMs really scrape along the walls of the ear canal.Since I've been using IEMs I've been keeping my ears really clean, not only from wax, but also the oily stuff. After cleaning the gunk with the ear pick (I know it can be dangerous, but I've been doing all my life) I do use a Q-tip with alcohol with the same movement as you do, to clean the oily walls of my ear canals. After that my ear is clean for about a whole day, and I can use my IEM with the sponge tips. Having your ear oil (and wax!) free will also lengthen the lifespan of your tips actually.
Even though Finland has a "good" public health care, this one thing they don't seem to handle well
TOS #8! Seriously now! edit: ok, I just tried it with a plastic syringe... it wasn't uncomfortable but I felt and heard no diference after the procedure (did it at least 10 times with each ear). As I expected my ears are probably clean or it didn't manage to loosen the wax (I used very warm water).
IME and what I've heard, any home syringe/pump cleaning system is crap. The ear doctor doesn't use water but something other (can't remember exactly but some kind of diluted alcohol) and he/she is skilled in doing that thing properly. If you have tested home cleaning and then once go to a proper ear doctor, you'll definitely will see a difference. Last time my ears were cleaned, I felt extremely nauseated right after (almost barfed, cold sweat..), it's very common that a proper cleaning procedure will make you feel ill for a bit.
It might be a case of YMMV, but the home syringe approach works very well for me.
I wonder when some audiophile companies will make money out of this.
Audiophile grade olive oil - or at least "ear grade olive oil" - sounds like a great marketing idea to me.