The Wax Vac, as you may know, is a small device that’s supposed to remove wax buildup, water, and dirt from your ear without the risk of eardrum damage that you risk with q tips. As the name implies, it’s a small handheld vacuum that you stick in your ear. The idea is that the suction is powerful enough to suck any buildup or dirt right out of your ear canal without damaging it. There are two questions that you’re guaranteed to have, however, when you first hear about the Wax Vac. “Is it really safe?” and “Does it work?”
The first question is arguably the most important of the two. After all, damage to your eardrum can cause a lot of problems. Nobody wants to clean their ears only to have hearing damage afterwards. Well, you don’t have to worry about that, at least. The Wax Vac doesn’t suck hard enough to damage your eardrums while it’s running. Some people have noticed that it can sound a bit loud in the ear you’re cleaning – especially if there’s water in the ear – but there’s next to no chance of any damage from the Wax Vac itself. The soft tips you put onto the Wax Vac help to make sure that you don’t have to worry about it bumping too hard into any part of your ear canal.
Now that you know it’s safe to use, you’re probably curious as to whether it works. You don’t have to worry about this, either. The Wax Vac works just like it says on the commercial, pulling all the dirt, wax, and water out of your ear when it’s used. The commercial seems to imply that it’ll only take a couple of seconds for your ear to go from “filthy” to “sparkling clean” but it takes a bit longer. You’ll likely have to take just a bit longer with the Wax Vac than you would using a q tip to clean your ears. You can consider this something of a trade off. It works just as well, with no risk of damaging your eardrum, in exchange for a little bit more of your time.
Overall, the Wax Vac is an extremely useful little device if you clean your ears frequently. If you wait until you can’t hear anything before cleaning your ears, however, you may find its usefulness slightly diminished. It will still be useful, of course, but it’s easier to keep your ears clean than to get them clean.