external auditory meatus

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external auditory meatus

[ek′stərn·əl ′ȯd·ə‚tȯr·ē mē′ād·əs]
(anatomy)
The external passage of the ear, leading to the tympanic membrane in reptiles, birds, and mammals.
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What can happen is the earwax gets pushed deeper into the ear canal during cleaning and this is counterproductive.
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.
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 too.
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 itself.
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.