After every shower I grab a Q-tip from the box and stick it in my ear cleaning out the shampoo and wax, doesn’t everyone? We all ignore the many warnings saying to not insert the swab into ear canal, but we all do anyway. Without thinking, could this potentially be bad for us?
The most obvious reason to not stick the Q-tip in your ear is that it could puncture your eardrum. We all say we won’t go that deep, but how deep is your ear drum? If the entire cotton part of the Q-tip is in, you’re probably touching your ear drum. When you touch this part of your ear you press on the little bones below it, which send shock waves into your inner ear and can cause problems with your hearing and balance. In extremely rare occasions, you may puncture your eardrum and have to have surgery to fix it, or possibly lose your hearing forever. This is not likely, but most commonly people will push the wax further back into the ear. They often push more back than they get out, and will eventually need a doctor to help remove it.
So, if I’m not supposed to use a Q-tip to get the wax out, how should I? The truth is, you actually shouldn’t remove the wax from your ears. Your ear makes wax to waterproof themselves. If the wax is removed, you are more likely to get swimmers ear or other ear infections because the water will get in and be trapped. Therefore, leave your earwax where it is and save your Q-tips for various other activities. Such as makeup, babies, cleaning, arts and crafts, and many other things, but not cleaning your ears.