Hearing Loss

STOP! Don’t Put Q-tips® in Your Ear

You may do it as part of your routine or just whenever you want to feel more ‘clean.’ No matter the frequency, if you have been putting Q-tips® in your ears, it is time to stop! While it may have become a habit, it can actually do more harm than good. Learn more about your ear health by reading the tips below or contact your audiologist in Calgary for more information. You can also schedule your hearing test today to get an overall assessment of your hearing.


3 Reasons to Stop Putting Q-Tips in Your Ear 

Here are just three of the reasons Q-tips – or any small object, for that matter – should never be put inside of your ear canal. If you think it is a necessary part of your personal hygiene, reconsider by taking into account these three facts:



  1. You aren’t getting the wax out. Most of the wax will become compacted and get pushed deeper into your ear when you use a Q-tip. What you see on the tip is not the full story. Even though you may feel cleaner, you could actually stimulate a higher production of ear wax. 
  2. You can cause damage. Aside from the obvious damage caused by over-inserting a small object in your ear, the continued use of Q-tips, even gently, can still do more harm than good. Your ear drum needs to vibrate to properly process sound. Ear wax that is in contact or close to the ear drum can inhibit it from vibrating correctly and lead to hearing loss over time. The skin inside of your ear is also extremely sensitive, so harsh turning, twisting, and abrasions can cause discomfort and irritation. 
  3. Wax is good for your ears. It may not look great but wax actually plays a big role in the protection and function of your ear. It keeps your ear lubricated and it is acidic, so it inhibits fungus growth. It also works as a barrier to trap debris from dust and dead skin before it can enter further into your ear.

Learn how to clean your ears safely from audiologists in Calgary. Soundwave Hearing Care can provide simple tips, dedicated care instructions, and comprehensive hearing services to keep your ears safe, clean, and healthy. If you are suffering from hearing loss or have not had a hearing test in a while, schedule your appointment today. We welcome new patients of all ages. Use our online form to book your appointment or come visit one of our convenient locations today.
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