by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
An eZine reader in Australia wrote: “Thanks once again for the excellent newsletter. The subject of ototoxic earwax removal medications got me checking the products we have in Australia. One particular product which sells under the brand name here of “Cerumol” lists amongst it’s contents ortho-dichlorobenzene and para-dichlorobenzene.
I note that in your book “Ototoxic Drugs Exposed“, dichlorobenzene is listed as an ototoxic chemical.
Even though this product was recommended to me by a health professional, I will pass. When one looks at what dichlorobenzene is and what it is used for, I will certainly not be putting that into my ears. I did try it once, since a health
care professional recommended it. I remember my ears feeling sore and a bit “stingy” afterwards. Not surprising given that dichlorobenzene is an industrial solvent!”
I’m with you in this. All the dichlorobenzenes (ortho, meta and para) are industrial solvents, pesticides, etc. For example para-dichlorobenzene is used in moth balls. The dichlorobenzenes are somewhat ototoxic and can cause
dizziness and vertigo.
I’m sure the Cerumol will dissolve ear wax just fine—but it is not the kind of thing I want to put in my ears either. There are much safer alternatives.
We need to be aware of the chemical nature of the drugs and medications health professionals try to pawn off on us as being “good” and safe for us.