The Do’s and Don’ts of Ear Hygiene

Ear Care in Oakdale‘’Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear’’, is an old saying that anyone should adhere to prevent ear injuries and infections. If you are not allowed to insert foreign objects how then do you get rid of the unsightly wax clogging your ear canal?

Ear Wax in the Ear

Earwax shields the middle ear against airborne pathogens from getting inside the middle ear, acts as a protective lining of the ear canal and it’s involved in the removal of dead ear tissues. These roles are of normal body function. The perceived thought of ear wax as a waste product is thus erroneous!

Doing It Right

Why would you be interested in getting rid of a substance that is of value to your ear? The ear is a self-cleaning organ and use of foreign bodies in the ear to get rid of the wax is not advisable least you lacerate your eardrum and cause a hearing loss. A condition that will likely force you to use hearing aids, says Hearing of America.

Two safe wax removal methods exist according to The Hearing Journal; having an appointment with your ENT physician every three to six months for safe wax removal and use of wax removal substances (Cerumenolytic product). Carbamide peroxide (over the counter medication for wax removal in the ear) is the only approved substance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for wax removal.

The Wrong Approach to Ear Cleaning

In spite of the printed warning label on the cotton swabs containers advising consumers against using the swabs in their ear canals, it remains a favorite item used to supposedly clean the ears. The use of ear candling is a no-no. The ear is a self-cleaning organ and use of foreign bodies in the ear to getting rid of the wax not only pushes the wax further into the ear canal but also may cause injuries.

The old sayings need to be upheld to prevent ear injuries and infections. Your ear is a self-cleaning organ. Consult your ENT physician if you experience wax impaction.