Although many people like to try to clean their ears with Q-tips, doing so can cause more harm than good. Q-tips push wax inward down the ear canal. This disrupts the normal flow of wax, which naturally pushes itself from inside the ear toward the outside. As a result of pushing wax in toward the eardrum, wax can build up on itself. If your ear is clogged with wax, you should see a hearing health professional who can help clean your ears.
Earlens Hearing Aid wearers should not try to clean wax out of their ears. If you wear Earlens, Q-tips in particular can dislodge or damage the delicate Lens. If this occurs, you would need to return to your ENT physician and Earlens hearing health professional, and a replacement Lens might need to be made. To keep your ears clean of wax, you should apply 2 drops of mineral oil to your ear canals once a week. This mineral oil should be supplied by your hearing health professional when you receive your Earlens devices, and helps to keep the Lens in place on the eardrum while also breaking down ear wax.
The ear is naturally designed to be self-cleaning. So, if you wear Earlens Hearing Aids, we recommend that you do not try to clean your own ears. If you are worried that you may have wax buildup, please visit your hearing health professional. In the meantime, if you must use Q-Tips, use them for something besides cleaning your ears. Your grandma was right – never stick anything in your ear that’s smaller than your elbow!
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