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Ear Wax Vacuum.
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:03:44 PM »
Apparently you just can't make this shit up!

Www.waxvac.com

It isn't all that expensive, but what a random unitasker!

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Re: Ear Wax Vacuum.
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2013, 02:07:34 PM »
How will I live without one now that I know it exists?

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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2013, 02:48:43 PM »
There is a person putting the Q-tip in their ear and wincing at the pain. They must have been laughing hilariously on the set for that commercial.

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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2013, 04:28:09 PM »
This is so funny! I saw the ad, thought it would be something for the wall of shame but swami beat me to it! Guess we had the same knee-jerk reaction to this cr.. eh I mean stuff.

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2013, 08:24:41 PM »
Hahaha thanks. I actually really wanted one when I saw the commercial. I needed this reminder.

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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2013, 10:27:28 AM »
I wonder if it really works.  If it did, it may well be worthwhile!  Both I and the wife have earwax buildup issues every few months.  The drops you buy in the store barely work (takes max treatment each time and really doesn't get the job done well).  The home remedy of H2O2 is completely ineffective.  The only thing that *really* works is the water hammer thing that urgent care has.  That knocks it out in no time flat, but going there to have it done is pricy...

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« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2013, 11:15:07 AM »
I wonder if it really works.  If it did, it may well be worthwhile!  Both I and the wife have earwax buildup issues every few months.  The drops you buy in the store barely work (takes max treatment each time and really doesn't get the job done well).  The home remedy of H2O2 is completely ineffective.  The only thing that *really* works is the water hammer thing that urgent care has.  That knocks it out in no time flat, but going there to have it done is pricy...

Have you tried ear candles? They're weird if you haven't done it before, but they seem to get a lot of gunk out of there. Don't know how much they cost though.

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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2013, 11:18:05 AM »
I wonder if it really works.  If it did, it may well be worthwhile!  Both I and the wife have earwax buildup issues every few months.  The drops you buy in the store barely work (takes max treatment each time and really doesn't get the job done well).  The home remedy of H2O2 is completely ineffective.  The only thing that *really* works is the water hammer thing that urgent care has.  That knocks it out in no time flat, but going there to have it done is pricy...

Have you tried ear candles? They're weird if you haven't done it before, but they seem to get a lot of gunk out of there. Don't know how much they cost though.

I've heard some pretty bad reviews of them, so haven't tried it yet.

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2013, 11:24:58 AM »
Have you tried ear candles? They're weird if you haven't done it before, but they seem to get a lot of gunk out of there. Don't know how much they cost though.

Ear candles are a hoax, they don't actually pull anything out of your ear, all you see is just the wax from the candle itself.  Sure does feel good though, and if you don't know it's a hoax you would swear you can hear 100% better.  (from personal experience)  They don't cost a lot, but it has no actual benefit other than psychosomatic.

I did laugh at the ear wax vacuum, the commercial is just so funny.  I am also curious whether it does absolutely nothing or if it might have some use for those who really need it.  My guess is that it does absolutely nothing to help, and probably packs down the wax buildup already in the ear causing potential problems down the road.

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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2013, 12:25:46 PM »
Ear candles are a hoax, they don't actually pull anything out of your ear, all you see is just the wax from the candle itself.  Sure does feel good though, and if you don't know it's a hoax you would swear you can hear 100% better.  (from personal experience)  They don't cost a lot, but it has no actual benefit other than psychosomatic.

Huh. I had no idea. I tried it once and it seemed to work, but what do I know. Thanks for the info!

Revised response to OP: Whatever you do, don't try ear candles. They're a hoax, dontcha know.

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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2013, 02:33:03 PM »
I wonder if it really works.  If it did, it may well be worthwhile!  Both I and the wife have earwax buildup issues every few months.  The drops you buy in the store barely work (takes max treatment each time and really doesn't get the job done well).  The home remedy of H2O2 is completely ineffective.  The only thing that *really* works is the water hammer thing that urgent care has.  That knocks it out in no time flat, but going there to have it done is pricy...

My parents have a water pick that's meant for your ears that they use. I used it too once actually. You're only supposed to use it on the lowest settings. It's the only thing that works when mine get so bad. My best friend is in audiology school and told me that ear wax can reduce your hearing up to 30db! Mine's been that bad on more than one occasion...

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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2013, 10:20:45 PM »
There is a person putting the Q-tip in their ear and wincing at the pain. They must have been laughing hilariously on the set for that commercial.

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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2013, 04:56:37 AM »
what a random unitasker!

Certainly you aren't suggesting I multi-task with my floor vac?

I've got chronic extra-wax-itis, and get by pretty well with peroxide and an irrigation bulb.

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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013, 07:51:14 AM »
what a random unitasker!

Certainly you aren't suggesting I multi-task with my floor vac?

I've got chronic extra-wax-itis, and get by pretty well with peroxide and an irrigation bulb.

No, not at all :)
Unitasker is a reference to unclutterer's wednesday blog posts.

Here is this week's: http://unclutterer.com/category/unitasker-wednesday/

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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 01:18:03 PM »
I wonder if it really works.  If it did, it may well be worthwhile!  Both I and the wife have earwax buildup issues every few months.  The drops you buy in the store barely work (takes max treatment each time and really doesn't get the job done well).  The home remedy of H2O2 is completely ineffective.  The only thing that *really* works is the water hammer thing that urgent care has.  That knocks it out in no time flat, but going there to have it done is pricy...

As someone whose husband has regular buildup, here's what they do at the offices around these here parts (and that is very cheap to do at home):

Gently heat half hydrogen peroxide, half water in a 2-c size measuring cup (to 100f or so, not burning)
Place ear-wax-sufferer in horizontal position, put a cup of hydrogen peroxide in their ear (one side at a time, please), for 2-3 minutes
Place sufferer upright in a bathtub, and plan to get a bit wet.
Place warmed water-HP mixture in an earwax removal syringe (~$7) and pump into ears using diagram in box - it's designed so you can't do damage
Repeat 10-15 times per ear until buildup is removed.[/li][/list]


Total cost: Under $10, a whole bunch of eeeeews, and a bathtub cleanup.  Much cheaper and less painless than visiting a doc 1-2 times/year.  We've been doing this for three years with no ill effects.

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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2013, 01:30:06 PM »
My ENT advises 1/3 part Hydrodgen Peroxide, 1/3 part Vinegar, and 1/3 part warm water. Adding the vinegar helps dissolve the ear wax. Lay down, place in each ear with a dropper and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Sit up to drain it out into a towel or whatever, rinse with the dropper or in the shower.