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Does It Really Work? KWWL tries the WaxVac

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When it comes to personal hygiene, people still experiment with what works best -- and nothing is off limits.

The WaxVac ear cleaner claims to be a safe and effective way to clean your ears. It promises to clean your ears by using a handheld-type vacuum to draw out dirt particles. It even says it can dry your ears by suctioning the water out.

According to their website (, "WAXVAC Ear Cleaner is the safe and effective way to clean and dry your ears!"

They say it's even safe enough for kids, so we decided to first try it out with 4-year-old Ella Betts.

"I liked it," said Betts.

Why? "It blowed air," said Betts.

Notwithstanding Betts' assertion, we decided to dig a bit deeper.

Dr. Edward Gonzales has been a ear, nose, and throat doctor for more than 25 years. He's currently at the Waverly Health Center.

"I would say probably about 15 percent of my ear patients are specifically for ear wax problems," said Gonzales.

He says he understands why people are interested in the WaxVac.

"And so the whole idea is reasonable, so it's reasonable to say, 'Let's just suction that wax out,'" Gonzales said. "The problem is that it takes a pretty powerful suction to pull that wax out."

The WaxVac runs on two double-A batteries. When KWWL tried it, it barely vacuumed up water, making it hard to believe it would even suck up wax.

But even if it was powerful enough to work, Dr. Gonzales says wax is actually good for our ears.

"I think the bottom line is, when it comes to ear wax, the vast majority of us don't need to have our ears cleaned out because our ears are self-cleansing, and that's what people kind of forget," he said. "Ear wax is normal. We have to have wax because it protects us from infection."

Product: WaxVac

Claim: Removes ear wax safely

KWWL's Grade: D

Bottom line: It didn't really clean out your ears.

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