No to Q-tips, they cause more harm than benefit

Written by Hany Ghonaim, Audiologist

Nov 24, 2018

ACTUALLY, EARWAX IS GOOD FOR YOU (NOT Q-TIPS)

Did you know that earwax produced in the outer ear canal contains chemicals that fight off infections that could hurt the skin inside the ear? Actually, earwax also collects dirt and foreign particles that enter to help keep the ear canal safe and clean.

Society is generally unaware of the positive properties of earwax. Cotton swabs also known as Q-tips are widely used in households to ‘clean’ the ears. Although one might think that he is doing himself a favor ‘cleaning’ his ears, the truth is far from that. Using Q-tips will remove the natural ear lubricants and can push the earwax deeper in the ear canal which might cause injury to the eardrum. Cleaning the visible parts of your ears with water is sufficient.

In other words, just say no to Q-tips!

 

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