5 Reasons Why You Should Never Clean Your Ears With A Swab

We all are stuck in our daily routines and don’t see the reason to
change. The morning ones are akin to rituals and are to be followed
religiously. Brushing our teeth, cleaning our ears, showering, our
morning walk, the morning tea, and the newspaper – they are all
indispensable. But what if we are told to give up even one of them
because they are harmful? Say using even a cotton swab to clean your
ears?



It is unthinkable to even consider giving up on any of them but this one
has to go. Even the makers of cotton swabs warn against inserting them
into your ears. If you are surprised or unconvinced, here are 5 reasons
to give up on this harmful practice.

Your Ears Clean Themselves
It might seem unlikely but your ears are as clean as they should be. The
wax, a substance called cerumen, is there in your ears for a purpose.
The secretion cleans your ears by blocking out dirt and dust particles.
Every time you exert your jaw muscles, say to eat, speak, or yawn, the
excess wax is dislodged from your ear and comes out naturally. They can
be then cleaned away with just a piece of clean cloth.

Ear-Wax Helps Your Ears
The wax doesn’t just keep away the dirt and the dust. Composed of a mix
of fatty acids, cholesterol, enzymes, rejected skin cells, as well as
some other substances that protect your ears, it guards them against
microbial, bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It is acidic and that
prevents the growth of fungus and bacteria. Insects are repelled by its
odor and the ear canal stays moisturized and lubricated.

Cotton Swabs Lead To Loss Of Hearing
This harmful practice may cause you to hear less or not at all by the
time you reach middle age. Each time you push in cotton swabs into your
ear, you push the old wax further inside. Through the natural process,
they would have come out in due time. This wax puts pressure on your
ear-drums and causes irreparable hearing loss due to blockage or even a
rupture.

Cotton Swabs Cause Other Injuries
In the two decades leading up to 2010, over 263,000 children had injured
themselves by inserting swabs, says a study published in the Journal of
Pediatrics. Perforated eardrums and part of swabs stuck in the ear were
the most common wounds. The author concludes that the use of cotton
swabs is dangerous for both children and adults.

Your Ears Turn Dry
The ear-wax acts as a lubricant. Removing them leaves the eardrum dry
when they ought to be moist. It damages the exposed eardrum. Gradually
your ears become dry and itchy. They become exposed to infection and
that can be painful and cause hearing loss.

If you still feel that the wax in your ear is an irritant then use a
piece of clean cloth or Hydrogen peroxide’s few drops to soften the wax.
Only clean the visible wax. You don’t want to hear less so soon, do
you?

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