Ear wax has a bad reputation. People are constantly apologising if there is wax in their ears. Why? Wax is good. We like wax. Ear wax has antimicrobial properties and prevents cheeky insects from wanting to investigate your ears.
Don’t remove wax from your ears unless you absolutely have to. Wax is only produced in the outer 2/3 of the ear canal. The skin cells of the ear canal naturally migrate out bringing wax with them. Ear wax can become a problem if you have atomically narrow ear canals or naturally produce excessive ear wax.
Using cotton buds to remove ear wax is a no no! Cotton buds may push wax further into the ear canal, past where the ear can naturally remove the wax itself or may compact it against the side of the ear canal wall. This will make it more difficult for a health care professional to then remove the wax.
Never use ear candles. To see first hand what they do, burn one in a cup. Firstly you’ll see all the residue that gets put into the cup – that is what ends up in your ears. Secondly if you cut it open you’ll see all the “ear wax” which is the wax that was created just by burning the canal.
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So what do you do with excessively waxy ears?
Try softening the ear wax using a few drops of olive oil. If this is not successful, contact a health care professional to remove it.
The following services specialise in wax removal: