What You Should Know Before You Try to Clean Your Ears

Earwax itself is not a problem. It’s a naturally occurring substance that actually protects, cleans and lubricates the ear canal. Earwax is only a problem when excess wax builds up and is compacted, potentially leading to hearing loss, tinnitus, earache, discharge or uncomfortable fullness in your ears. 

Put away the swabs

Cleaning out your ears with a cotton swab is a bad idea. Even the cotton swab packaging tells you not to use in your ear, yet many people still do. When using a cotton swab to clean your ears, you may pick up a tiny amount of earwax, yet the bulk of the wax just gets compacted and jammed further into the outer ear canal. Pretty soon, it’s time to go to the doctor to undo the damage done by using swabs. 

Safety first

Using an ear wax cleaning tool, which are available at several retailers, can provide a simple, quick and affordable solution to deal with both earwax buildup and ear itchiness. Most earwax tools are made of a soft plastic and will have a scoop end which is an effective way to remove unwanted earwax. These tools should not be used on the outer ear canal but will scoop out wax much better than a cotton swab. 

Daily use of an ear cleaning tool will fend off the buildup of excess ear wax, eliminating the need to go to a doctor. 

With all the new technology available, people are spending on average about 10.5 hours in front of a screen per day. All the LED screens and devices we use are emitting very strong and potentially damaging blue light waves. High energy blue light penetrates deep into the eye and is an emerging factor in eye fatigue and poor eye health.

Despite the eye's natural defenses, there is growing medical evidence to suggest that overexposure to blue light can damage the retina, the part of the eye that brings objects into focus. This damage occurs when blue light penetrates the macular pigment of the eye and causes a breakdown of the retina, leaving the eye more vulnerable to blue light exposure and cell degeneration.

A Harvard medical study states that, “High-energy visible (HEV) blue light has been identified for years as the most dangerous light for the retina. With an increase in chronic exposure, we can expect to see long range growth in the number of macular degenerations, glaucomas and retinal degenerative diseases”. 

There are several methods to mediate the harmful effects of blue light including using blue light filtering screens and glasses, reducing your interaction time with LED screens and resting your eyes between exposures. Another method involves taking a supplement, such as Blue Guard® Blue Light Defense Formula. Its ingredients have been clinically proven to increase the macular pigment within eight weeks of use. Increasing the density of the macular pigment will help to filter out and defend against overexposure of blue light. 

People need to be aware of the harmful effects of blue light exposure and work to defend against future damage to their eyes.