Do you use cotton tips?
Or perhaps you call them cotton buds or cotton swabs. Well, here’s some advice that experts all over the world could shout together in unison:
STOP USING COTTON TIPS RIGHT NOW!
Seriously, it’s a very bad idea. Putting anything in your ear canal can push wax and other debris inwards. This can prevent sound from reaching your eardrum effectively.
However, there’s much more to it than that.
Wax is produced in the outer ear canal and naturally works its way outwards. But if you push it further in, it goes in deeper than it is supposed to.
Then it carries bacteria inwards to where the skin is very thin and fragile. And although cotton tips may look soft, they are actually abrasive on the sensitive skin deep in your ear canal.
Besides all this, you risk rupturing your eardrum.