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4 FAQs About Ear Cleaning

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Have you ever thought about how often you should clean your ears or what kinds of techniques you should employ? Ear cleaning isn’t usually part of a daily hygiene regime, but sometimes, it’s important to take the time to clean your ears. This is particularly important if you’re prone to wax buildup or you have hearing aids. If you’re interested in ear cleaning, here are 4 common questions.

1. How often should I clean my ears?

We all know that it’s important to wash on a regular basis, but the truth is that you don’t need to clean your ears as frequently as the rest of the body. This is because your ears have a very clever self-cleaning system. In many cases, it’s not necessary to worry about cleaning your ears, but if you’re prone to excessive wax production or you wear hearing aids, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your ears and to take steps to prevent wax buildup. If you do have a lot of earwax, avoid the temptation to insert cotton buds or any other foreign object into the ear canal. Instead, ask your audiologist for advice.

2. What is the safest way to clean the ears?

If you feel like you have wax stuck inside your ear canal, or you’ve just showered, and there’s a little debris on your ears, use a damp cloth to gently wipe your ears or apply oil-based drops to your ears after washing. If you feel like more intensive cleaning is required, contact your audiologist. It’s not always easy to extract wax safely, and trying out DIY methods can damage your ears and push wax further into the ear canal. We strongly advise you to be very gentle if you are cleaning your ears at home.

3. Do I need to have my ears professionally cleaned?

Some people produce more earwax than others. A buildup of wax can affect your hearing, and you may find that sounds become muffled. If you find that your hearing has deteriorated, the best thing to do is contact your audiologist. They can take a look inside your ears and see if there is a wax plug, which needs removing.

4. Can I use cotton swabs to clean my ears?

Unfortunately, many of us tend to reach for the pot of cotton swabs when we feel like our ears could do with a clean. Cotton swabs or buds may seem like a great idea at the time, but they can actually do more harm than good. Sometimes, when you insert a swab into the ear canal, this can actually push the wax further down, causing it to harden and become impacted. Using swabs can also damage the eardrum and the delicate bones that are found inside the ear.

If you’re worried about having dirty ears, or you think you may have a buildup of wax, we strongly recommend seeing an audiologist. You can clean your ears at home using very gentle techniques, but if you have questions or queries, or you feel that you need more intensive treatment, your audiologist will be able to help.