Try It Before You Buy It: Wax Vac

9:37 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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JENISON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Wax Vac claims to be the safe and effective way to clean and dry your ears. The commercial shows a man using a cotton swab and painfully jabbing it into his ear screaming "Ouch!", warning against the dangers of using cotton swabs.

I took it to Jennifer Smith's home in Jenison where her four boys have all seen the commercial and were curious if Wax Vac worked. She helped me test it out.

The first thing we noticed is it's loud. It sounds like a small hair dryer. We used it on her youngest son. We could still see wax around the rim of the inside of his ear, so it was hard to tell if it was being sucked out at all. When we opened up the Wax Vac to see if anything was inside, there was nothing. Jennifer said by the looks of it, it wasn't working.

So we took it to a hearing professional at Sonas in Norton Shores. Laura Szot showed us the inside of the ear using special equipment. We found wax build-up in the ear of one of their co-workers, but when we used the Wax Vac, it just seemed to move it around. When we opened it up, their was a tiny spec of wax, not enough to feel like we got a good cleaning.

It did suck up water, but only if you touched the water. It didn't have high enough suction power and Laura thought that wouldn't help when water was deeper in your ear.

The funny thing is, the Wax Vac commercial doesn't actually claim to remove wax, just "dirt particles and moisture".

Neither Laura as a professional or our tester mom Jennifer would recommend the Wax Vac. We found it at Walgreens for $9.99.

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