Otoscope-Based Earwax Home Care
As with most medical care these days, there has been a significant push to put more advanced technology into patients’ hands for home treatment. This is very obvious in the self-treatment for ear wax. In fact, while traditional remedies like hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil, baby oil, distilled white vinegar and alcohol (for preventative care), and branded products like Debrox are still available, patients can now buy an otoscope-based kit. The otoscope kits sold for home use are similar to the devices we, as ENTs, have traditionally used to visualize the ear canal and the eardrum. Of course, using these traditional tools for home self-care is impossible, so many products use a Bluetooth or USB connection to an app on your phone that allows you to visualize the ear canal. These kits also come with scoop-style earwax removal picks that enable you to target built-up ear wax and remove it from the ear canal.