Many people believe that removing earwax is a sign of good hygiene – keeping every nook and cranny clean. Cotton swabs, ear picks – ready for action with these tools. However, earwax doesn't need such frequent and forceful cleaning. So, how should you deal with it? Read on to find out.
Discover the secret weapon of your ears: Earwax
Firstly, let's debunk a misconception. Many think of earwax as that yellowish waxy substance in the ears, seen as metabolic waste and quite off-putting. But that's not the case! Earwax serves as a natural shield, protecting the ear canal's skin, aiding in cleaning and lubrication, and preventing bacteria, fungi, insects, and water from entering the ears. It's like a natural defense, safeguarding our hearing and ear health.
How to keep your ears clean?
Earwax naturally exits the body, so there's no need to clean your ears frequently, and definitely avoid using cotton swabs or other sharp objects to clean the ear canal. Doing so may push the earwax deeper and even damage the ear canal or eardrum.
As we talk and eat, the movement of the jaw joint during chewing causes earwax to continuously shed and exit the body, so there's no need to worry about ear canal blockage. After a shower, a gentle wipe with a towel or tissue on the outer ear is sufficient.
What to do if earwax accumulates?
Sometimes, earwax can accumulate in the ears, impacting hearing when it becomes excessive or hardens over time. In such cases, the earwax may not naturally shed or be difficult to remove. How can you tell if earwax has built up and can't be expelled on its own? Look out for the following signs:
- Feeling of ear blockage and fullness
- Ear pain
- Changes in hearing sensitivity or hearing loss
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Itching, odor, or discharge
- Persistent cough
If you experience these issues, don't panic! Seek help from an ear, nose, and throat specialist or a hearing center to consult with a hearing expert. They will assess the situation and determine whether cleaning is necessary. If cleaning is recommended, methods such as irrigation, suction, or professional tools may be used. Regular check-ups are advisable to prevent earwax buildup.
Earwax and hearing aids
Some hearing aid users report an increase in earwax production, possibly due to the stimulation of glands in the ear canal by the hearing aids, leading to more earwax that is harder to expel. Increased earwax may block the microphone and receiver of the hearing aids, affecting sound quality and performance. It is advised to regularly clean and maintain hearing aids.
Ears are delicate organs, susceptible to "injuries." Once damaged, recovery is often challenging. Therefore, take care of your ears, break the habit of excessive ear cleaning, prevent damage to the outer ear canal skin, and seek prompt medical attention if any discomfort arises. Feel free to consult with your local authorized distributor of Chosgo products for more information on hearing health, ensuring beautiful hearing is always by your side. Explore our range of Chosgo hearing aids, including the specific product "SmartU Rechargeable Hearing Aids," here: Chosgo Hearing Aids. For the specific product "Smart U Rechargeable Hearing Aids," click here. If you're interested in cic rechargeable hearing aids, check them out here.