Can you hear me now? If this is beginning to sound like a horrible Verizon commercial, we apologize in advance. What we are not going to apologize is for telling you how filthy your ear hole is.
Take the earwax for example. This sticky, shinny, crummy, and likely smelly residue can become a real pain in the butt when improperly cared for. Before anyone starts panicking and decides to grab a shovel and dig deep into the ear canal, let’s start with some foundational information.
Earwax isn’t necessarily bad:
1. It protests and keeps the skin of the ear canal moisturized. This helps prevent your inner ear from becoming dry and itchy.
2. The special chemical substance that makes up the earwax serves as a preventative solution to help fight off infections.
3. It’s no Jedi, but his composite serves as a force field in keeping our eardrum from external elements.
I’m sure you’re thoroughly confused… Is it bad or good? Earwax in a way is our body’s self-sustaining natural mechanism to keep our ear healthy. However, as the saying goes, “Too much of a good thing isn’t always healthy”. Too much earwax will cause reduction in hearing (clogged ear hole), irritation, and emotional trauma (ask my date).
Before you get ahead of yourself Daniel-san, we suggest you take Mr. Miyagi’s “Wax on, wax off” teaching to heart. If you are a daily practitioner of showering, then friends, you are already one step closer to better earwax control. Running a towel around the outer rim of your ear canal after a shower is enough to help rid the daily debris and residue build up in your ear. In the case where you are having a hard time hearing and find yourself running your pinky through your ear canal, then it would be wise to use an ear pick. We recommend getting a thin ear pick made out of wood, like bamboo or a hard plastic pick as it allows for better control and is sturdier. The most important feature of the ear pick is the tip, and for the tip we recommend a “scoop/spoon” like design. When performing the actual action, please make sure you are in a well lit area with no external interference. Start by finding the inner walls of the canal and then run the tip along the canal walls, scooping up the excess earwax. Do not be impatient and shove the pick right into the ear canal. Improper care can cause damage to the eardrum, which can lead to permanent lost of hearing. If at all possible and not too awkward, we recommend asking a friend or relative for assistance.
Now that you’ve mastered the art of “Wax on, wax off”, “can you hear me now?”