Ear wax: this way, you should never clean your ears

Earwax doesn’t look nice and it comes out from the ear channel, this is perceived as an unclean manner.

For this reason, the consumer and the consumer engage in the so-called “Q-tip”, to remove excess ear wax out of the transport.

Ear, nose and throat Doctors recommend this specifically.

In each experiment, the ear canal, whether it be clean only with the help of the little finger,, so to clarify, pushes only the ear wax deeper into the ear canal.

But there is a simple solution to keep his ears clean.

Earwax protects the ear canal from infection

That earwax has such a bad reputation, due to its sticky Texture, and unpleasant odor easy to understand.

In fact, a purpose takes it is, however, relevant role in the ear.

Ear wax protects the ear from dirt and bacteria. In this way, also often very painful infections can be prevented on the ear.

The ear has the ability to clean themselves

The ENT doctor Dr. med. Christopher Chang from Warrenton, Virginia, doesn’t understand all the hustle and bustle of the ear cleaning, because “ears are self-cleaning,” he says to the online magazine ‘SELF’.

The jaw movements, for example, when you Speak out carry the ears of wax all by itself from the inner ear, explains Dr. med. Erich Voigt, ENT-doctor and Professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, continue on.

Basically, you should not clean the ear canal

Doctors recommend therefore to clean something Other than the external ear.

Never narrow objects should be inserted in the ear as this pushes the Lard, only deeper in the ear canal and can lead to constipation.

Also, the thin layer of tissue to protect the drum box, can be violated in this case. In this case, experts speak of a perforated eardrum.

Both can affect hearing.

Q-tips, “ear candle” and co. are contra productive

The basic rule is: Nothing should be plugged into the ear.

Also the frequently used Q-tips – this is even pointed out to part of on the packaging – not for use in the ear canal suitable.

You not only push the ears into the lard even deeper in the ear canal, you can rupturieren in addition, structures in the ear and infections favor.

The liquid wax an ear candle to suck the ear wax and, finally, from the ear pull.

The fact that open fire is kept right next to the ear, this procedure is already dangerous enough, so Dr. Voigt.

Added to this, however, is the danger that hot candle wax flows deep in the ear canal to the eardrum.

Also a clear no to ears wax-softening agent, usually a mineral oil or Glycerin base. They ensure that earwax blockages melt.

However, the danger that the ears wax is running into it instead of from the ear – and even deeper into the ear and, consequently, for the hearing very much more severe constipation is.

So the ear should be cleaned

Dr. Voigt is recommended to clean the ears under the shower with a washcloth, and then gently with the towel to dry.

In both cases, the cleaning should be limited to the outer ear. To the ear as well as behind the ears a cleaning with ph-neutral soap products.

Anything beyond that – and this is also the minimum cleaning of the outer ear canal, says, would, however, interfere with the ear canal in its natural self-cleaning.

Important note: The information in this article contains only General information. For the clarification of strong ears, nose and throat Doctors in pain or poor hearing, we recommend that you visit a trained and recognized neck.


  • Braithwaite, P. – SELF (2020): How to Clean Your Ears Without Injuring Yourself, archived from the original on 30.07.2020 https://www.self.com/story/how-to-clean-your-ears

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