Here’s Why You Should Stop Cleaning Your Ears with Q-Tips!


6This Practice Is Secretly Damaging Your Ear

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According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, inserting cotton swabs into your ear canal can cause dangerous ear problems.


Here are some good reasons to stop using cotton swabs, along with the right way to clean your ears:



  1. I’m 60 years old and have been using cotton swabs my whole life. Never damaged anything, and have great hearing, which I just had check a year ago.

  2. I will not make an appointment with a health care profe$$ional every time I can remove my ear’s wax with my short nailed pinkie finger. I use a small ear syringe to help flush out my ear canal with warm water in my shower. I then get myself as dry as possible with towels. Then my inner ears are not dry. Then I sit down with 2 double-ended cotton swabs. I am not in a rush at all. The 2 swabs for each ear. I can feel where the swab is.
    There are plastic ear cleaners that say (PR?) « similar to a physician’s tool but designed to be more flexible and bendable for use by consumers ».
    I have enough hair in my ears to slow down whatever gets to it.


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