If you’ve ever had an itch in your ear or water sloshing around, or you could just tell your ears were full of wax, sticking that little, white cotton swab in and gently rubbing it in a circular motion probably felt like heaven. But, according to doctors, regardless of how much you love using them, you should never use cotton swabs to clean your ears. Grrrrr.
“Cotton swabs, hair pins, house keys, and toothpicks — the many smaller-than-our-elbow-objects we love to put in our ears — can cause cuts in our ear canals, perforate our eardrums and dislocate our hearing bones. And any of these things could lead to hearing loss, dizziness, ringing or other symptoms of ear injury.”
“It’s not a bad thing to have wax in your ears. Everybody does and should. It’s more of an issue when it becomes too much,” Schwartz said. The guideline definition of “too much” is an operational one: If you have symptoms — such as pain, drainage, bleeding or hearing loss — then you have a problem.”