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

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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.

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

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3 COMMENTS

  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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