Everyone has earwax and most people don’t need to do anything to keep it under control. Earwax is a filter, which keeps dust, debris and insects from reaching your eardrum. It grows outward and carries everything out of the ear to keep you healthy. Have too much wax? Now that’s a problem. Here is a quick fix.
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“Hi, I’m Amy White, audiologist and owner at Elk Grove Hearing Care. Today we’re going to talk about how to keep your ears clean. This is something that almost every patient that comes through our doors asks us and something that is very, very simple.
The truth of it is you shouldn’t have to do anything to keep your ears clean. The skin in our ear canals actually grows outwards, which means it carries the wax out of our ears as it regenerates. So most people don’t need to touch their ears to keep them clean, the ears do it naturally. The last thing you ever want to do to keep your ears clean is to shove anything inside of them. If you think about a cotton swab or a Q-Tip, you’re actually pushing wax potentially further down in your ear canal and causing a major blockage and creating a much bigger issue. So DON’T shove things in your ears; that’s a bad behavior.
The thing that you can do if you have ear canals that have always been healthy –you haven’t had holes in your ear drums because of infections or surgeries to your ears – It can be ok to rinse your ears out with some warm water. You want the water to be body temperature. Too hot or too cold, if you put that in your ear, will make you dizzy for a few seconds. If that happens, just steady yourself and know that you will feel better in about 30 seconds. The idea is use some water that is about body temperature and squirt that in your ear; it’s easiest to do that in the shower or take the head of the shower and let that rinse out your ears. Again, only do that if you haven’t had any problems with your eardrums and you haven’t had surgeries or infections in your ears. If you try to do this and that is the case, you may actually damage your ears further.
Do not shove anything in your ears as nine times out of ten again the answer is doing nothing and it will get better all on its own.”