Yawning can remove earwax is that true?
Ears are one of the important organs that must be kept healthy, but not everyone knows how to clean their ears properly and correctly. If the health and cleanliness of the ears are not maintained properly, it can cause problems with hearing and balance.
Maintaining ear hygiene and health is important to prevent various ear problems, such as ear infections, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, or even sudden deafness.
Cerumen, or earwax, is a soft lump that is produced naturally from the oil glands on the outside of the ear canal. The cerumen functions as a protector, starting with protecting the ears from dust, the growth of pathogenic germs, and animals from entering the ears. Basically, cerumen is not dangerous if the amount is not excessive.
However, producing too much cerumen can have an impact on a person's hearing quality. Complaints that can arise due to dirt filling the ear canal include the ear feeling full, sometimes accompanied by communication problems with the person you are talking to. Therefore, it is important to clean earwax before more severe complaints arise.
Is it OK to clean your ears with a cotton bud?
The ears automatically clean themselves when we talk, chew, or move the jaw. Usually, if it is dirty, earwax comes out by itself along with jaw movements that make the cheek muscles move. So, do you still need to clean your ears with a cotton bud? In fact, cleaning your ears with a cotton bud is not appropriate. Hermina's friends can use cotton buds, but only for the ear lobe. Avoid using cotton buds to clean the inner ear.
Picking your ears with a cotton bud makes the dirt go deeper and causes the dirt to settle on the inside of the ear, which is only 2.5–3 cm long. Dirt that settles can become hard and obstruct circulation in the ear. This condition causes a person to experience hearing loss. Basically, the ear has a mechanism to clean itself, so we don't need to clean the inside ourselves. Hermina's friends only need to wipe the outside of the ear with soap and water, then dry it with a cloth or towel.
How to maintain proper ear health
Maintain body hygiene by bathing every day, especially after traveling outside the home. This method helps soften earwax caused by water flowing from your head when showering or washing your hair.
Hermina's friends can also avoid cleaning their ears independently with cotton buds because this has the potential to push earwax deeper.
Avoid picking your ears with unclean tools and sharp and pointed objects because this can cause injury to the ear canal and even the eardrum. The damage caused can be temporary or permanent.
Then, avoid inserting fluids or ear drops without a doctor's recommendation. Errors in therapy can damage hearing.
Hermina friends can consult about ear health problems with an ENT specialist at the nearest Hermina Hospital, you can also consult online via the Halo Hermina application.