The dangers of DIY ear wax removal
Ear wax is a natural substance that helps protect your ears from dirt, bacteria, and other foreign objects. However, sometimes ear wax can build up and cause problems, such as hearing loss, pain, and dizziness. If you think you have a build-up of ear wax, you may be tempted to try to remove it yourself at home. However, it is important to avoid DIY ear wax removal, as it can be very dangerous.
Here are just three out of many number of reasons why you shouldn’t attempt to remove your own ear wax:
1. You could damage your eardrum
The eardrum is a thin membrane that separates the outer ear from the middle ear. If you insert a cotton swab or other object into your ear canal, you could damage the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss, pain, and dizziness.
2. You could push the ear wax further into your ear canal
If you try to remove ear wax with a cotton swab or other object, you could actually push the ear wax further into your ear canal, which can make the problem worse.
3. You could introduce bacteria into your ear canal
If you insert a dirty object into your ear canal, you could introduce bacteria into your ear, which can lead to an infection.
If you think you have a build-up of ear wax, it is best to see a qualified practitioner in ear wax removal for safe and effective removal. They will be able to remove the ear wax with full visibility and without damaging your eardrum or introducing bacteria into your ear. Cardiff Hearing’s professional team offer quick, safe and effective ear wax removal treatment from our clinics in Ely and Taffs Well.
If you haven’t already, please also read our article about ensuring you choose the correct practitioner, as ear wax removal is currently an unregulated service.
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