Although the box says not to, the most common use for Q-tips is to clean your ears. If you are this person…STOP IT! Wax is meant to be left in there. It acts as a protective coating for the sensitive skin in your ear canal.
Shoving a Q-tip into your ear can pack wax or other debris deep into your ear canal, causing pain or hearing loss. Q-tips can also remove the wax from your ear, making you susceptible to a bacterial or fungal invasion. Hello swimmer’s ear!
If you feel you have excessive amounts of ear wax and it's affecting your hearing, talk with us. We can examine your ear canal with a lighted instrument called an otoscope and remove problematic ear wax using ear drops, water irrigation, a suctioning device, or other instruments.
If you want to live dangerously, go ahead. But keep this picture in mind next time you reach for those weapons of ear destruction.