A study by Henry Ford Hospital shows a direct association between cotton swab use and ruptured eardrum. The good news: The study also shows that, in most cases, the rupture heals on its own and surgery is only necessary for the most severe cases. In fact 97% healed on their own. The authors of this study offer some good advice for cleaning your ears.
- Take cool peroxide, hot tap water and mix equally. Be sure it is body temperature and gently irrigate the ear one or two times per month.
- Take plain vinegar and water and use four or five drops in the ear once a week.
- See a doctor, who can remove ear wax for you.
- Try an over-the-counter treatment such as Debrox.
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