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Doctors are now telling us what grandparents have known for decades - don't stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ears. organization of ear specialists in USA, American Academy of Otolaryngology, has said cleaning your ears with cotton buds (aka Q-tips) can cause long-lasting damage to your eardrums and hearing. Dr Jennifer Caudle told Yahoo Beauty that cotton buds seem harmless objects but can cause significant damage. She said: "I know people want to stick things in their ears and they think it’s right thing to do, but [cotton buds] can cause holes in eardrum, irritation in canal, and can predispose you to getting infections."

Academy has also recommended that people change their image of earwax and think of it as essential substance to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is indication of uncleanliness. This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits." Doctors say our body produces earwax for good reason. It does essential job of cleaning out ears, stopping them from drying out, and helping them to sweat naturally. It also protects inner ears against bacteria, bugs, dirt and dust. Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside ear and cause blockages, which can undo all good work of earwax.

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