myths about your ears

Debunking Ear Myths

Ear Myths Busted

It can be tough to know what to do when your ears start to itch, get filled with wax, or start ringing. That’s why we’re here to debunk some of the most common ear myths. In this blog post, we’re going to cover the following myths:

1. You should clean your ears with cotton swabs

2. Ear wax is gross and should be removed

3. Ear candles are an effective way to remove ear wax

5. Hearing loss caused by wax buildup is common and permanent

By the end of this post, you should have a better understanding of what’s going on with your ears and how to treat any ear conditions.

1. Myth: You Should Clean Your Ears with Cotton Swabs

Many people believe that you should clean your ears with cotton swabs in order to remove earwax. However, this is a myth – and it can actually damage your ears. Cotton swabs are not designed to handle the pressure and heat that earwax produces, and this can lead to hearing loss or other ear problems. In fact, cotton swabs can even remove some of the wax inside of your ears.

Instead of trying to remove earwax with cotton swabs, see a doctor if you're concerned about buildup or if you experience any symptoms like hearing loss. Earwax is actually good for your ears – it protects them from dirt and debris while also providing an environment for bacteria to grow. If you're bothered by wax accumulation but don't want to see a doctor, there are various techniques that you can try at home. Consider using a q-tip instead of a cotton swab, using gentle pressure instead of scratching, or using a warm water rinse followed by an ice cold water rinse.

2. Myth: Ear Wax is Gross and Should be Removed

Everyone knows that ear wax is gross, but that's because most people don't know what it's actually for. Ear wax is actually a vital part of keeping the skin around the ear canal clean and free from water and debris. It also helps to prevent infection, and if you do feel the need to clean your ears, do so gently with a washcloth or cotton swab. Never blindly insert anything into your ear canal – this can cause serious damage. If you're concerned about excess ear wax, contact your doctor.

3. Myth: Ear Candles are an Effective Way to Remove Ear Wax

There's a lot of misinformation out there about ear candles, and it's important to be armed with the truth so that you can make an informed decision. Ear candles are often touted as a way to easily and quickly remove ear wax, but this is not the case. In fact, ear candles can actually cause more wax buildup and can even lead to ear infections. If you think you have an accumulation of wax in your ears, see your doctor instead. There are many safe and effective ways to remove wax without using ear candles, including using ear drops. So don't let myths about ear candles keep you from getting the clean ears that you deserve!

5. Myth: Hearing Loss Caused By Wax Buildup Is Common And Permanent

This myth is also false – hearing loss caused by wax buildup is relatively rare and usually reversible with treatment. In fact, most people who develop hearing loss due to wax buildup eventually recover completely without any long-term damage. If your ears are always congested or if you experience other symptoms like difficulty understanding people in noisy environments, it may be worth consulting an ear doctor to get checked out for Wax Buildup Syndrome (WBS). However, WBS is only one type of hearing loss and shouldn't be used as an indicator for whether or not you have tinnitus.

To Wrap Things Up

It's important to be informed about ear care so that you can avoid damaging your ears. Be sure to consult with a doctor if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, avoid using cotton swabs in your ears and don't try to blindly remove ear wax. Instead, consider using a FLOOGEAR Wireless Ear Camera to safely inspect your ears or remove ear wax with a clear visual live feed.

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