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Ear Cleaning

I (Sal) heard that using Q-Tips or cotton swabs isn't the best, so I did some research...

What's the best way to get rid of ear wax?
By Robert K. Jackler, MD

"June 5, 2000 -- One thing you definitely don't want to do is get rid of all your earwax. Earwax isn't dirt. It's a normal secretion that protects your ear, just the way other kinds of wax protect your car.

If water gets in your ear canal -- while you're swimming or taking a shower, for instance -- earwax will cause the water to bead up and move away from your eardrum. Then the slipperiness of the wax encourages the water to run out of the canal. In addition, earwax is slightly acidic, which discourages bacterial or fungal growth in the moist, dark ear canal. Without earwax, it would be much harder to avoid ear infections."

Also, I've watched the consumers/residents I work with at the group home use hydrogen peroxide

Self Treatment For Earwax
-American Academy of Otolaryngology

Most cases of earwax blockage respond to home treatments used to soften wax if there is no hole in the eardrum. Patients can try placing a few drops of mineral oil, baby oil, glycerin, or commercial ear wax removal drops, such as Debrox®, Mack's® Wax AwayTM, Murine®, or Physicians' ChoiceTM in the ear. These remedies are not as strong as the prescription wax softeners but are effective for many patients. Rarely, people have allergic reactions to commercial preparations. Detergent drops such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide may also aid in the removal of wax. Patients should know that rinsing the ear canal with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) results in oxygen bubbling off and water being left behind-wet, warm ear canals make good incubators for growth of bacteria. Flushing the ear canal with rubbing alcohol displaces the water and dries the canal skin. If alcohol causes severe pain, it suggests the presence of an eardrum perforation."

FUNNY OUTTAKES! (Ear Infection commercial)

"Outtakes from the "Ear Infection" commercial. The full commercial is also posted on Visit our profile to view it."

Reccomended Resources


  • Alexandria Hearing Center, at Viking Plaza
  • Minnesota Hearning Healthcare Providers-Alexandria



  • Funbrain's Sign the Alphabet

  • -Miscellaneous
  • American Sign Language Chart
  • Ministries

    Sign Language Song - There Is A God

    "Sign language song to There Is A God. Mike & Trisha Fox (Ministry in Motion) performs medium tempo chior song. Great words!"


    Mark Mitchum

    "Mark Mitchum is deaf. He has been gifted by the Lord to do music in American Sign Language. Here is a sample of his work..."
    Nina Schultz Sign Language Solo

    "Nina Schultz Sign Langauge solo at the !@!emblies of God Fine Arts. Indy' 07. Casting Crowns, "Set Me Free""
    Now Behold the Lamb

    "The S.H.O.U.T. Team (signing hands of united testimonies) performing at the PAC center in Terrell, TX . Members of Terrell United Pentecostal Church"


    A deaf mother heard God's miracle voice

    "God's voice prompted me to save Sara who was a near drowning in a small pool. I spent the longest minute of her life when I revived her. I believed the rescue was a gift from God. In regarding of the patio slide, I thought was locked, and Sara squeezed out through a door when our other children came inside.. that event will never be forgotten. Sara's life is not finished in God's plan (more)"



    "The Rock Church of Sacramento, CA. Drama Department - Impact Ministries. Freedom Song by Jonathan Moore was produced for Apostolic Senior and Junior camp at Freedom Week 07."
    " The Secret Place

    "The Secret Place, a Psalm 91 experience was written for CODE 06 by A. Lombardo and K. Horton. This skit proclaims full trust in God and He will be your Rock and Fortress in the time of struggle. Narrated by Erv Bates, this skit will bring comfort, tears, and joy"

    101 Ways To Show Appreciation To Your Volunteers
    "Volunteers are the life-blood of many organizations and businesses. If you use volunteers, you depend upon their passion and commitment to get much of your work done. But utilizing volunteers is much more than making an appeal and then giving assignments to those who show up. They need to know they are a valued part of your business or organization. And they need to be appreciated and cared for, even as you appreciate and care for your staff. This book offers you 101 ways to show appreciation to your volunteers - that's part of keeping them. We also offer tips on recruitment, placement, management, and retention of these very special people."
    *With God's help!

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