Normal healthy ears contain ear wax
Ear wax is produced by a special lining in the ear canal. There are two types of ear wax: dry or wet. The wet ear wax is sticky so that it can trap dust in the canal. The wax gradually leaves the ear with the help of special migrating skin cells that move it out. This process may take several months to complete.
Healthy skin cells are needed for the normal removal of ear wax
Cotton buds can damage these delicate cells. The rubbing action of cotton buds can also scratch the lining of the ear canal causing itchiness, inflammation, infection and other problems. Cotton buds push the wax further into the ear canal, impacting, rather than removing it. The cotton buds can also damage the eardrum easily as the ear canal is short.
It is recommended that you never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow!
Some people are tempted to use things such as cotton buds, hair clips, etc. However, ear specialists see an alarming number of ear problems (some serious) linked to the use of cotton buds. The ears naturally clean themselves. A face washer/flannel to wipe away wax at the outer ear is often all that is needed.
Some people have more of a problem with blocked ears than others. This can be due to:
- Greater amounts of wax being produced by some people
- Narrow ear canals
- Hairs in the ear canal
- Cleaning with cotton buds, hairpins or other items that push the wax further down the ear canal.
- Dusty or dirty work environments
- Skin problems that cause the skin inside of the ear to flake & trap the wax.
What can be done to help?
If your ears are blocked, Crystal Clear Ears will, under a microscope, use tiny spoons and gentle suction to effectively clear the blocked wax.
An ear wax softener such as olive oil or ear wax drops can be used occasionally for those who have hard wax in their ears. (Do not use if the ear is sore or discharging) but please consult with our nurses before use. Do not use drops if you know you have a hole in your eardrum.