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The best product in its class, despite the fact that 95% of people are using it wrong.
on December 16, 2013
First of all, let's get something straight (and feel free to Google the heck out of this to verify it). Nobody should be routinely cleaning out their ears. Your ears function almost perfectly on their own, and earwax isn't dirt or infectious waste, it's something your ears create to prevent infection and even balance ear pressure and your equilibrium. It's a high tech system that regulates itself and, in almost all cases, doesn't need tweaking or cleaning.
That being said, every once in a while some of us legitimately have ear wax build up that is either giving you tinnitus or muffling your hearing. This actually isn't normal, and the first time it happens you should see an otolaryngologist (ear/nose/throat doc). If the verdict is that you simply need a good ole' ear cleaning, then the doctor will certainly do it for you and tell you that you can do it at home if it happens again in the distant future. That's where this product comes in...
I make a living in pro-audio, so my ears are REALLY important to me. About once a year, at some point in the winter and usually after a nasty cold, my left ear produces a ringing sound and my hearing is muffled. Over the years I've tried a few different brands, and NeilMed Clearcanal easily takes the cake. The ingredients are the same for all products of this class, but the spray bottle is really what makes it worth the extra buck. Sucking water into an ear cleaner and spraying it in over and over after using a peroxide softener is a messy pain in the butt. This thing has a nice little patented nozzle that sprays out the loose wax like you're washing the undercarriage of a car. It's super uncomfortable, disgusting, and may even make you feel dizzy or sick for a moment, but it is by far the fastest and most effective product in its class.
A bonus tip: Spraying things into your ear sometimes causes vertigo, and sometimes it is severe. This is caused a bit by the change in pressure, but a lot by the change in temperature. So if you're storing this bottle and can in your frigid bathroom and spray it directly onto your 98.6F vestibular nerve, hang on tight. I personally recommend making a little hot bath for the can/bottle and letting them warm up for 20 minutes. Even if you've never experienced vertigo from this, it'll be a lot more comfortable anyway.
It's really hard to get an idea if this is a quality product online because:
A. People are using it 3 times a week for no reason (and potentially damaging their ears).
B. People are using it because they have ear pressure or hearing changes for reasons that have nothing to do with wax build up.
So again, you shouldn't be using this more than once a year. And $10-$15 isn't a lot to ask with that frequency, especially since you can get about 5 good cleanings out of the kit. And again-again, you should NOT be using this product without seeing an ear doc first to verify what the problem is and why it is occurring.