When it comes to cleaning your ears at home, there are several different methods and a huge range of misconceptions. Following the wrong advice can permanently damage your hearing, so it’s important that you’re taking proper care if you do decide to clean your ears at home.
A popular method of DIY ear cleaning, ear candling involves placing a lit, hollow, cone-shaped candle into the ear canal and, while many people online claim how effective it is, we don’t recommend it as a treatment. This is because it can cause serious injuries and burns, and has been known to pierce the inside of the ear.
Inserting items in your ear
From cotton buds to stainless steel earwax tools, bobby pins to tweezers, when it comes to your ears, you should never put anything in them to clear away any excess wax or debris. Generally speaking, the majority of doctors will advise that you never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear as any sharp objects can perforate your eardrum and could cause serious and permanent damage to your hearing.