healthy ears

Noise and injury prevention is equally important to ear hygiene.

People often use cotton swabs, toothpicks, toilet paper, and even their fingers to clean out their ears at home. These methods can be improper and, at times, unsanitary, but they are, above all, unsafe. It is, important to learn how to clean your ears properly. If you don’t know how to clean your ears at a certain age, there is no shame in doing so. Everyone learns at their own pace.

Cotton swaps, picks, and other objects inserted into the ear canal can still cause severe damage to your hearing and inner ear. It would be okay to clean the ears in a perfect world. The human body is designed in so that the ear cleans itself. Because cerumen, or earwax, occurs in the ears, people tend to over-clean them.

The inner ear is lubricated and protected by wax, which is also antibacterial and functions as a filter to prevent dirt, dust, and other debris from entering. When you chew and move your jaw, old cerumen dries and falls out of your outer ear as the body forms earwax in the outer section of your ear canal. People can have deep earwax buildup due to improper and unsafe cleaning methods.

healthy ears

To soften and remove old wax from your outer ear, you should only clean the visible parts of your ears. If you do not have cerumen impaction, you can do so once or twice a week. Most people assume that their hearing cannot be easily damaged, so they use pointy objects to unclog wax buildups in their ears because they don’t believe their ears can be damaged so easily.

However, even though the inner ear has errant confidence, it is fragile, and if you try unsafe or unhealthy methods, the eardrums can be injured, and you could lose your hearing permanently. Over-the-counter ear cleaners work well most of the time. Additionally, hearing aids didn’t solve the underlying issue. They probably bought time, delaying the onset of symptoms. A recent study on hearing loss and cognitive decline indicates that hearing loss may be a sign of dementia two years earlier if left untreated.