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Specialty gadgets aren't really worth it

As there's a chance of harming your ears anytime you stick any object into them, the same caution goes for electric ear vacuum kits, says Barnes. The tool is a small vacuum that gently suctions wax out and is available OTC. They wouldn't be among Barnes' top choices for ear cleaning, though, since she finds other methods (such as mineral oil) to be more effective. In fact, one small study found that the at-home vacuum kits didn’t remove earwax at all. If other ways to remove the blockage have failed, she recommends getting evaluated by a doctor.

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