Using cotton buds is probably the most popular way to clean your ears and remove excessive amounts of earwax. It is a cheap and time-saving method, which is therefore preferred by the majority of people.
However, it is important to be aware that cotton buds can cause specific problems with ears and are actually not recommended by healthcare professionals. In fact, your doctor will probably not advise you to place any objects deep inside your ear in order to clean it.
The Issue With Cotton Buds…
The two most common problems related to the use of cotton buds are:
- Eardrum perforation
- Impacted earwax
The eardrum is very delicate and it is quite likely to tear or damage it if you try to put the cotton bud too deep into the ear canal, even if you do not apply great force. Furthermore, cotton buds can simply push the debris and cerumen (ear wax) to the back of the ear canal, where it may thicken easily, instead of removing them from the ear as intended. If the condition is not treated, it may lead to partial hearing loss.
On the other hand, if the ear canal is too thoroughly cleaned and lacks earwax, it may become more vulnerable to infections and bacteria. The cerumen will naturally escape out of the ear, therefore it is actually more important to clean its outer parts in order to maintain good hygiene. It is possible to use cotton buds for this purpose, as long as you do not touch the ear canal. Usually, it is enough to clean it gently with a soft cloth slightly moisturized with warm water or a skin relief solution.
In cases where your ear produces more earwax than necessary, which may lead to problems with the hearing, it is advisable to look for cotton bud alternatives to guarantee that the excessive cerumen is removed in a safe way.
Which Cotton Bud Alternatives Should I Consider?
A good practice is to consult with a hearing specialist who can recommend the most effective way to maintain good ear hygiene. The healthcare industry also offers a variety of methods and products that are convenient to use.
Using an ear syringe with a suitable cleaning solution is one of the effective ways to clean the ear canal from the accumulated cerumen and dirt. There are different models available and as the process of cleaning is not particularly pleasant, it is important to choose a product that you feel comfortable using. Aculife Ear Wax Removal Syringe for example, is considered to be better than the standard rubber bulb syringes due to its patented doctor’s design and controlled fluid drain.
Another alternative is the Earpal Ear Wax Remover. Earpal is one of the safest ways to remove wax from your ears. Extracting ear wax from the ear canal can be achieved easily and effectively. Due to the shape of each Earpal, the tool can't touch or perforate the eardrum accidentally - making it the only safe way to remove earwax.
We also recommend the Earol Olive Oil Spray. The olive oil spray helps to soften wax to ease the removal process prior to syringing. This helps make syringing of wax more effective.