There are few feelings on Earth more satisfying than pulling a cotton wool bud out of your ear to see a golden nugget of ear wax wobbling on the end. But we probably shouldn’t be indulging in this sublime pleasure, according to a new study.
Excessive cleaning may actually irritate the ear canal, cause infection and can cause even more wax, or cerumen, to be produced. In case that doesn’t put you off, there is a risk you may cut the ear canal, make a hole in the eardrum, or dislocate delicate hearing bones, leading to hearing loss, dizziness, and ringing.
Medical experts said the ear cleanses itself naturally and people should refrain from trying to tackle a perceived build-up in wax, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Seth Schwartz said, ‘Patients often think that they are preventing earwax from building up by cleaning out their ears with cotton swabs, paper clips, ear candles, or any number of unimaginable things that people put in their ears. (*Source: METRO Wednesday 4 Jan 2017)
‘The problem is that this effort to eliminate earwax is only creating further issues because the earwax is just getting pushed down and impacted further into the ear canal. ‘Anything that fits in the ear could cause serious harm to the ear drum and canal with the potential for temporary or even permanent damage.’