Have you heard the expression, “Nothing smaller than your elbow should go in your ear?” Q-Tips or cotton swabs can be used to clean the outside of your ear. But hearing aid specialsts at Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton Florida want you to know that Q-Tips should not be put inside your ear canal for the following reasons:

First, there is supposed to be wax in your ears to help keep water out and protect the ear canal from dirt or infection. Second, putting a Q-Tip in your ear is more likely to push wax in deeper where it can form a harmful wax plug requiring medical attention. Finally, you could puncture your eardrum, which might require surgery or cause permanent hearing loss.  So… here are 10 things you can do with Q-Tips instead of putting them in your ear:

Tips to Maintain Your Earwax

Ear wax is beneficial to your ears. But when your earwax, or cerumen,  prevents you from hearing, it’s time to take action.

Below you will find a few tips to calm your wax production.

Stop Using Q-Tips
When you use cotton swabs, you're actually pushing the ear wax further into your ear canal. At worst, you could damage your external ear canal or even rupture your eardrum.

Having water in your ear can be a nuisance, but there’s no need to use a cotton swab. Try putting a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol in your ear.  The alcohol acts as a drying agent and helps the water evaporate.

The warm weather is upon us. School is letting out and spending time in the water is just one of the perks of summertime.

The downfall of spending all day in the pool or ocean – water in your ears.  Typically it drains by itself, but if the water decides it wants to hang around, you could find yourself with an infection called swimmer’s ear.

Marked by redness, itchiness, swelling,  and pain when pressure is placed on the ear. It’s easily treated with antibacterial ear drops. However, it’s also easily preventable.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’t’s from the Centers for Disease Control to help you avoid swimmer’s ear this summer.

To help spread the word about its hearing impaired customer support center, Samsung Turkey, and the Leo Burnett advertising firm arranged for a neighborhood in Istanbul to secretly learn sign language for deaf resident Muharrem.

In the video, Muharrem’s expecting to have an ordinary day. But, as he goes about his business, he notices that every person interacting with him is using sign language. As his confusion grows, one of his neighbors reveals the surprise.

The production crew and Muharrem’s sister, Ozlem, spent several weeks holding sign language classes and placing hidden cameras around the city to catch his surprise. To see all the result of their hard work, watch the video below.

For years, ear candles have been considered a holistic way to remove excess earwax, and a form of relaxation therapy. Although there are people who swear by it, below is a list of seven reasons why you should NOT use candling as a treatment method for excess wax or ear pain.


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