Ear Buds are not for Ear Wax cleaning

Ear wax is produced naturally by the ear to protect the ear canal and ear drum from dirt, dust, and foreign objects. It is important to leave ear wax alone, as the primary purpose of ear wax is to protect your ear canal and ear drum from  foreign materials. The body will naturally push excess wax out of the ear on its own. Using ear buds or other objects to try to clean out ear wax can actually push the wax further into the ear canal, potentially leading to ear wax impaction. Even a small amount of wax, if wedged between the ear drum and the ear canal wall, reduces the ability of the ear drum to conduct sound that can lead to hearing loss and cough. Also, the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum is very thin and fragile and is easily injured. 

I recommend against using ear buds it does not matter whether you are using the local or the International brand, the result is the same. In fact using the local ones being sold on the road side will make you dearer by few more rupees because the bud is made from discarded patient used cotton from the Govt. hospitals.

Many patients who present with wax problems are regular users of ear-buds.

If removal is needed the best way is removal under direct vision by a specialist.

Do not self-medicate with persistent symptoms; the problem may be unrelated to wax and may be more serious.

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