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Ear wax is natural. But a build-up of wax in the ear canal can affect hearing and make life miserable.
No. Many people use Q-tips or cotton buds for ear cleaning, but it simply isn’t safe to stick objects into your ear canal.
Be extra careful with ear swabs if you have:
Imagine a narrow pipe full of dirt. You want to remove the dirt with a long stick. But the stick you’re using is only a little narrower than the pipe, and much shorter.
In the same way, pushing a cotton swab onto your ear canal pushes the plug of wax further down. You may block the exit, and risk injuring the eardrum. When wax hardens right near the eardrum, it can lead to drastic hearing loss.