Originally Posted by Tannhauser
Curiouser and curiouser.
Had a quick google. With regard to removing earwax, the rationale behind using hydrogen peroxide is that it works through mechanical action (presumably fizzing/bubbling?) rather than chemical.
However, there was a paper cited on the American Hearing Research association page, comparing various types of ear-wax treatment. They included olive oil, which I was recommended and which my Dad always used (maybe ear treatment follows strong family traditions?). Guess which solvent worked best?
The distilled water worked best.
Putting oxidising agents in your ear...it just doesn't sound a great idea to me.
As for putative effects on health - well, I always feel better when my ears are clean, so maybe it's that.
Interesting point about the distilled water; I'm not sure what they prescribe people that are having the inner ear stability test thingy
(can't recall the name of the test) to dissolve ear wax but when I had it they forgot to give me anything anyway, which was supposed to be given two weeks prior to the test...but my ears were clean anyway, so thankfully, they could go ahead with the test
Somehow, I doubt they would have prescribed distilled water though which would have been the better option by the looks of it, if it was required.