I’m just not prepared to give it up. I know I’ve heard the warnings, you can damage your ears. You are also pushing wax further into the ear canal. The feeling of swirling the cotton swab around the inside of the ear though…feels so good.
BUT, there’s always a but, and that is it is really bad for kids especially.
A study (by The National Children’s Hospital) found that 12,500 kids a year are treated in emergency rooms for cotton-tip related ear injuries. That works out to 34 visits every day. The majority of these injuries (about 73% ) occurred as a result of using cotton tip applicators to clean the ears. Another 10% of injuries occurred when children were playing with the applicators, and 9% when they fell with the cotton tip applicator in their ears. OUCH.