When it comes to ear hygiene, you could be doing more harm than good with your current cleaning regimen. The ears are an extremely sensitive and delicate area, and as such, you should take precautions and do your research before attempting to clean them yourself. If great care is not taken when cleaning your ears, it could result in impaired hearing, infection, and/or painful long-term damage. What makes this troubling is that so many people are still applying old concepts to their ear-cleaning practices.
Anyone in medical field can tell us that they have seen catastrophes results from using cotton swabs. Punctured eardrums to super impacted wax are only few things that can happen during cleaning your ears.
There are a number of items that people use to clean their ears. Some of the most interesting seen in the doctor’s office:
*Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
*Pens and pencils
While this is only a partial list, it’s important to realize nothing should be placed inside the ear to remove dirt and debris. This is dangerous and could cause hearing loss or a damaged ear canal.
In our ear canal there are specialized cells that produce cerumen know as ear wax. Some people accumulate ear wax much faster than other so its build-up and can decries hearing and cause pain. So instead of consulting with doctors they use cotton swabs to remove it. But this is wrong.
Eardrum is easily reachable with cotton swab. But because is very delicate you can easily rupture but putting lot of pressure on the cotton swab. Anyone who have punctured the eardrum experienced a lot of pain. While a punctured eardrum can heal sometimes it can lead to los of hearing.
So this leaves the question how can we clean our ears without going to doctor every day. Do we need good cleaning every day and can this be accomplished with little water and soap?
In most cases our ears don’t need to be cleaned. During showers or hair washing enough water enters ear canal and cleans it. Also skins in our ears grow outwards in spiral pattern and push the wax out. As we sleep most of the time wax loosens and falls out. So the use of cotton swab is really necessary.
For people that have a heavy wax secretion they should definitely go to the doctor. They can easily remove the wax with little mix of peroxide and water which is injected in ear canal. This is painless process and very effective so some people are using it home with doctor’s approval.
Here are four reasons to never use cotton swabs to clean your ears again.
1. Earwax is useful
Earwax has a couple of useful functions besides being gross. It has antibacterial qualities to prevent infections, it operates as an insect repellent to keep bugs out of your ears, and it helps to lubricate the ear canal, which prevents dried out, itchy skin.
2. Cotton Swabs drive earwax up against the eardrum
Using cotton swabs is actually dangerous. When you force any foreign object into the ear canal, you’re moving most of the earwax up against the eardrum. This can rupture the eardrum or can cause an impaction that will lead to hearing loss.
3. Earwax removes itself
The ear is configured to remove its own earwax. The normal movements of your jaw—from talking, eating, or yawning—will push the earwax to the outer ear. All that’s called for from you is normal showering and cleaning the outer ear with a cloth.
4. Excessive earwax removal causes dryness
Earwax has lubricating and antibacterial qualities, so if you eliminate too much, you’ll have a dried out, itchy feeling and will be more susceptible to infections.
If you are experiencing wax or dirt build-up in your ears, contact your medical care professional for instructions on how to safely clean your ears. Never stick anything into your ear canal, including your own fingers. This could further impact the wax or damage the eardrum. As a good rule of thumb, if you aren’t sure if what you are doing is safe, contact a hearing health professional or a physician.