What can happen is the earwax gets pushed deeper into the ear canal
during cleaning and this is counterproductive.
"Don't ever use Q-tips in the ear canal
," advises Dr.
According to the US non-profit healthcare organisation Mayo Clinic, tools or implements should not be inserted into the ear canal
in case it pushes the object farther in.
Too much ear wax in your ear canal
can prevent sound waves from reaching your ear drum, which will lead to a drop in your ability to hear.
While cotton buds help remove ear wax, studies have shown that this method often removes only a small portion of the top layer of wax, pushing the rest further into the ear canal
. In some cases, the cotton head may cause damage to the ear canal
or even fall off and become lodged in the ear canal
Although not a dangerous health problem, the Wax Whisperer said this build up of dead skin, if left untreated, can lead to an erosion of the ear canal
Cerumen moistens, cleans and lubricates the ear canal
. It also acts as a barrier to dust, water and particles from the outside world.
The infestation had a characteristic appearance like outer ear canal
filled with dry, dark and red-brown substance (Acar and Altinok, 2016).
Always refrain from using cotton buds because you may push the wax deeper into your ear canal
. Keep water out of your ear canal
While you may think you are removing earwax with an ear bud, a lot of the earwax is actually being pushed in further down the ear canal
, said Dr Rennie.
From the middle ear, it can grow outward through the eardrum and become a mass in the ear canal
Long-term exposure of the ear canal
to water--from swimming or when water is trapped in the ear--as well as hearing aid use and excessively cleaning out earwax with cotton swabs, can break down the skin in the ear canal
and lead to swimmer's ear.