The INSIDER Summary:
- Doctors have started YouTube channels to share videos of ear wax removals.
- Some people have an unbelievable amount of stuff stuck in their ear canals.
- Watching that stuff get pulled out is extremely satisfying.
Pimple popping may be the hottest gross video trend on YouTube, but it’s not the only game in town. Some pioneering doctors are also uploading videos depicting the fine art of ear wax removal.
Be warned: This is not the tiny smear of ear wax that comes out when you remove your earbuds or go digging with a cotton swab. We’re talking about hardened waxy clumps so stupefyingly large it’s a marvel that the people stuck with them could hear anything. Knowing that this kind of earwax exists will give you the heebie jeebies. Watching it get yanked out by medical professionals will make you feel visceral, all-consuming relief. Trust us.
Our personal favorite distributor is a YouTube channel called Auburn Medical Group. It’s a real practice based in Auburn, California, and medical director Dr. Mark Vaughan is an earwax removal champion.
This video is an excellent place to start. Dr. Vaughan floods his patient’s ear with warm water and hydrogen peroxide to loosen the wax that’s stuck in place. Finally, he excavates it using a small plastic digging tool called a curette:
In this video, the ear wax clump has a surprise for Dr. Vaughan. (Also, the patient is adorable.)
Or, if you’re more of a delayed-gratification type, you’ll love this drawn out extraction of an earwax mass described as “granite-like.” (Skip to 5:45 if you only want the big payoff.)
If you can’t stomach the videos, they at least serve as a good reminder that you should never try to clean out your own ears using q-tips. (They can actually push wax further into your ear canal).
And if you can’t get enough of these videos: You’re welcome. Watch more from Auburn Medical Group right here.
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