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Otex Ear Drops
Otex Ear Drops
Member Name: alexandjef
Otex Ear Drops
Advantages: Works and its easy to use
Disadvantages: Can take a while to work
Last year I had some terrible problems with my hearing.
I SAID LAST YEAR I HAD SOME TERRIBLE PROBLEMS WITH MY....oh, I see...
Anyway, last year on three separate occasions at least one of my ears went a bit duff. I woke up and my hearing had all but gone, only a little sound making its way in - the really annoying thing about bunged up ears is how disorientating it feels, not to mention resisting the urge not to stick your finger in your ear every 5 seconds.
The first time I got it I wen't to the doctors and they look in my ear and told me to take ear drops for 2 weeks and go back and have it syringed. They mentioned it might fix itself in those two weeks, but it didn't and what an un-fun 2 weeks I had. When I wen't back, the nurse was happy with how loose the wax in my ear was, took a water jet and just washed my ears out. Quite satisfying really - especially as you feel your hearing pop back into place.
I'd go through this another two times before it finally got to me, and have started to use ear drops before the wax builds up - about once a month seems to keep the wax soft enough to be able to break down enough to avoid going deaf.
I suffer from ear wax problems as I listen to lots of music via headphones - on the first trip to the doctors I was told this was reason, and that it was not uncommon. The reason they ask you to apply drops (you can also use olive oil, but this is very, very sticky and is just odd during the night) is to loosen the wax so when they flush inside your ears its soft enough to be removed.
I was using these ears drops last year - they do the job the doctor is requiring you to, but a couple of months ago I picked up a bottle of this as I could feel my ears getting a little fuggy. Right away it cleaned them up enough to avoid them going full on bunged up - and now I keep a bottle of this in the bathroom.
--------WHAT IS IT--------
A wide range of ear drop exist on the market - with Otex being the most well known brand. Roughly speaking there are two tiers of ear drops. Some can be bought right off the shelf, other more heavy duty stuff is either behind the counter or with prescription. Otex is off the shelf stuff, the prescription stuff being for more specific problems - such as being antibacterial for ear infections or damaged ear drums.
There are lots of ear drops on the shelves - quite a wide range with some being 'duel action' or 'fast action', but this bottle Otex Ear Drops is the bog standard stuff, and in my opinion the only one you really need to reach for. If you have bunged up ears due to wax build up, if you have as much luck with it as I had - it should do the trick
------HOW TO USE AND HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?-----
Its simple to use, unscrew the little lid and put a couple of drops in you affected ear. To apply you'll need to tip your head to the side and hold it there for a few moments while the drops sit in your ear and do the work. Sometimes you feel it bubbling a little as it softens the wax and on occasion if noticed a small amount of hearing improvement right away. However, don't always expect immediate results, it can be frustrating applying the drops and them not doing much but after a few days they start to help. To put it in perspective - I've tried quite a few different ear drops in the past and so far Otex have been the fastest acting, despite then not being an instant fix.
You will have a little dribble from your ear, that can be a little odd, annoying and uncomfortable - but I guess this comes with the nature of the product.
------WHERE AND WHY TO BUY-------
When I first picked this up I picked it up from Boots - it was a known brand and not to expensive (I'd not had much luck with Boots own brand, so I figured I pluck for an established name). It retails for about £5 for an 8ml bottle which might not sound like a lot but when considering your only applying a few drops its not to bad. It lasts the two weeks the doctor will ask you to apply for, and I've only need to pick up one bottle in the past month, applying it every week or so, or when I notice a problem might be coming up.
You can pick it up in most supermarkets - at roughly the same price. Like many branded medical items like this there isn't much difference in price, so if you see it on offer its worth picking up even if you might not need it at the time.
I buy it as to rather than fix my ears when my hearing goes, I use it to keep my ear wax soft so I don't get the problems in the first place.
------A BIT OF A WARNING-----
If you have any problems with your ears other than wax build up, speak to a doctor before using ear drops. You might have an infection or damaged ear drums - and one of the active ingredients in ear drops, Urea Hydrogen Peroxide, which can make these problems worse. You need to resist sticking your finger in your ear, or use buds as this can cause irritation and these drops will make things worse.
I learnt the hard way not looking after your ears can cause really annoying problems, these are great for nipping those problems in the bud. After using these and a few other, its a decent, reliable product.
Summary: Good ear drops that will effectively soften ear wax
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