There’s plenty of things you like to talk– and hear— about. And considering the majority of Americans’ favorite thing to hear about is themselves; let’s talk about your ears.
OK, so your earwax is probably the last thing about yourself that you want to give ear to– but the truth is, that funky gunk can actually tell you a lot of valuable personal information.
While scientists are still trying to figure out its exact purpose, earwax does provide some interesting facts about itself that are worth acknowledging.
Check out three things your earwax does for you– regardless of your appreciation for it.
1. Earwax Kills The Itch
One of the purposes of earwax appears to be that it lubricates your ears, according to Penn Medicine. It acts in much the same way that tears lubricate your eyes. Ear wax might help keep ears from feeling itchy or dry, too.
2. Earwax Cleans Your Ears
That waxy buildup in your ears is a mixture of lubricating secretions, dead skin cells, dirt, and dust that was stuck there while attempting to enter your ear. But actually, it will mostly clean itself out on its own. When you move your lower jaw by talking, chewing, or otherwise using your mandible muscles, it pushes the wax towards your outer ear. Actually, trying to clean earwax using things like cotton swabs can do more damage than it’s worth, as it can push wax further into your ear canal instead of properly extracting it.
The majority of experts believe you’re best served leaving your earwax alone— unless you’re producing too much earwax, which can lead to detrimental hearing alterations, LiveScience indicates.
3. Don’t Do Ear Candles
Once you’ve decided to ditch the cotton swabs, don’t forget to throw out the notion that burning a candle in your ear will safely (or effectively, for that matter) banish extra earwax. The FDA even warns that ear candles can lead to burns while also blocking your ear canal or harming your eardrum. If you’re really worried about flushing out your earwax buildup, occasionally allow warm water to wash into your ears when you’re in the shower, says one health expert. That’s usually enough pressure to help dislodge even the most hardened earwax.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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