Well, not exactly. Cleaning our ears might be more complicated than we expect. But before we get to that, we need to first talk about why we get earwax in the first place.
Why do ears produce earwax?
Your ears naturally produce earwax. It might seem pretty gross, but having earwax is actually a good thing. Your ears are self-cleaning organs, and they produce earwax to help cleanse and push out any dirt and debris that might get stuck in your ears.
Additionally, earwax has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, and it helps keep your ears in good shape. If you have too little earwax, your ears would feel itchy and uncomfortable, so having earwax is actually a good thing.
However, too much earwax can also be a problem. Having too much earwax can clog up your ears and make it difficult for you to hear. Too much earwax can also make your ears more prone to infection.
Do you need to clean your ears?
For the most part, you do not really need to clean your ears. Earwax falls out of our ear on its own, and you do not need to use cotton buds or an ear cleaning kit in order to clean your ears. In fact, cleaning your ears can sometimes do more harm than good!
This is especially true when you insert cotton buds inside your ears. What happens when you use cotton buds is that instead of getting the earwax out, you are actually pushing the earwax along with any dirt and debris into your ear. This means that you can clog your ear even more, or potentially damage your eardrums if you accidentally push too hard.
That is why most doctors recommend to just leave your ears alone and let nature take its course. But there are some situations where you really need to get your ears cleaned, specifically when there is too much earwax, or the earwax has been impacted and it is already affecting your hearing.
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