Ear wax can be an icky tricky thing at the best of times. The general public are ignorant of its purposes to a wide degree, and often seek to clear their ears of all the residual wax to ‘clean’ it. But reaching for that cotton swab too often isn’t good for your hearing health according to medical professionals.
Serving an important purpose, this waxy substance helps get rid of dirt and germs inside your ear canal. A medley of gland-secreted oil, ear wax traps dust and coats the delicate skin within your inner-ear. A possible symptom of an ear wax build up, muffled hearing can occur when wax is pushed towards the end of your ear by an over-enthusiastic finger. Parents that are concerned about their children’s hearing health can often misdiagnose the problem as ear wax congestion; despite the fact that youngsters often need help to improve listening skills.
The Internet has tried to improve communication skills by making an array of information available to the average person. Safe ear wax removal and treatment techniques have been listed and discussed for years, but the importance of this yellow icky substance isn’t often enough explored. Whether you believe in candling or cotton buds, the important thing to remember is that excessive cleaning of wax could lead to a build up of bacteria and dust in your ear canal. Consult your GP before resorting to ear wax removers that could potentially harm your hearing health and remember that this icky sticky substance serves a valuable function despite its somewhat unsavoury appearance.