DOES IT WORK: Wax Vac

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and Photojournalist ERIN COKER

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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

You use Q-tips and hair pins to clean your ears. Doctors say that's dangerous. Now one product promises to get your ears squeaky clean using suction.

The Wax Vac claims it's an effective and gentle ear cleaner, drawing out greasy, oily wax and dirt like a little vacuum. 

Dr. Morgan, an ear nose and throat specialist, is helped with this Does It Work.

“There's an old saying, 'Don't put anything smaller than an elbow in your ear,'” he said. “Wax can be thick, can be crumbly. Wax can be very liquid, but usually not.”

Lucas, the office IT guy, was our willing volunteer.

“I know from experience in the past when the doctor vacuumed out my ears, he went pretty deep in there, and I probably wouldn't do that by myself, “ he said.

The Wax Vac's silicone tip didn't let it go too far into the ear canal, but Lucas’ ear was still full of dirt and debris.

The Wax Vac didn't work on the other ear either. The doctor ended up cleaning out Lucas' ears himself.  

Dr. Morgan isn't waxing poetic about the product.

“I just don't think it did any good,” Dr. Morgan said. “I thought the suction was really too weak to pull anything out.  I'd have to give it a thumbs down.”

You can find the Wax Vac at Bed Bath and Beyond. It costs about $10.

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