Dirt or wax can build up in the ears over time, causing health problems if left untreated. How often should you clean your ears?
People often neglect their ears in their daily routine, despite the old-fashioned warning to clean behind them when taking a shower. This is because the ears clean themselves by themselves, with lubricating wax circulating around the inner canals. However, sometimes, there is too much wax that the body cannot process, which leads to health problems.
Ear, nose, and throat specialists recommend that people leave their ears clean in most cases, unless they have an unusual build-up of wax.
Some people suffer from an excessive amount of wax, which can cause hearing problems if left untreated.
Problems with excessive wax build-up may include:
• hearing loss.
A feeling of fullness in the ear.
Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
US-based audiologists, Alexandra, recommended that people should see a hearing specialist if they have any of these issues.
Many of these problems can be debilitating and require specialized care.
Audiologists can effectively diagnose problems and treat excessive or compressed wax if this is the root cause.
But in some cases, they are more than just a nuisance, in which case self-cleaning is possible.
Alexandra Center provided a way for people to safely clean their ears. And it requires cleaning the outer part of the ear with a damp cloth.
Doing so removes excess dirt and wax, especially if people use baby oil first.
Audiologists also expanded on what people should avoid while cleaning, and said that hydrogen peroxide, which some experts had recommended in the past, should not be included in ear cleaning.
Professionals also recommend against using cotton swabs, which can push wax further into the ear.
In more severe cases, people risk perforating the eardrum and causing hearing loss, nausea, and even loss of taste.