You must have probably heard and doubted it before, but it is very true: You should not use cotton swabs to clean your ears.
Updated clinical guidelines published in the journal
Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery say that cotton buds are not
appropriate for ear wax removal. It was also stressed that ear wax, just
like nose mucus or eyelashes, is very important and should be left
alone as much as possible. While it might seem yucky, earwax plays an
important role in maintaining good health. It stops dirt, dust and other
stuff that might get into your ears. That means there’s no reason to
get rid of earwax with cotton swabs, your finger, or any other tool.
Doing so is actually a really bad idea.
”Cotton swabs, hair pins, house keys and toothpicks can cause cuts in
your ear canals, perforate your eardrums and dislocate hearing bones.
And any of these things could lead to hearing loss, dizziness, ringing
or other symptoms of ear injury” says Dr. Seth Schwartz, who helped
draft the new guidelines.
What you need to do is allow nature do its job. Usual jaw motions
from talking and chewing, along with skin growth within the canal, helps
move old earwax from inside your ear to the outside, where it is washed
off during bathing. Simple!!