Your parents may have told you growing up after you shower to clean your ears, but keeping your ears clean might put you at risk of being able to hear. The ear is a very delicate and detailed component of your body, consisting of the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum. For that reason, very special and unique care ought to be offered to this component of the body. Start by discontinuing using cotton-tipped applicators and the routine of probing the ears.

To better understand why we were ever told to clean our ears we need to understand what it is we’re really cleaning and in this case its earwax. Cerumen or earwax is healthy in normal quantities and acts as a self-cleaning agent of our body with protective, lubing, and antibacterial properties. In the absence of earwax this could result in dry, itchy ears. Under normal circumstances the ear canals are self-cleaning; that is, there is a slow-moving and orderly migration of earwax and skin cells from the eardrum to the ear opening. Old earwax is regularly being transported, assisted by chewing and jaw movement, from the ear canal to the ear opening where it generally dries, flakes, and falls out.

You will not find earwax in the deep component of the ear canal near the eardrum only in the outer one-third part of the ear canal. So if a patient has symptoms of wax blockage against the eardrum, it is typically caused because he or she has actually been probing the ear with such things as cotton-tipped applicators, bobby pins, or turned napkin edges. These items just push the wax in deeper.