How often should you clean your ears?

Cleaning the ears is generally not necessary on a regular basis, as the ear is designed to naturally clean itself. In fact, attempting to clean the ears too frequently or vigorously can actually push earwax deeper into the ear canal and potentially cause injury or infection.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery recommends that individuals do not insert anything into their ears to clean them, including cotton swabs, as this can push wax deeper into the ear canal and cause damage. Instead, the ears can be cleaned with a damp cloth while washing the face.

If you experience symptoms such as hearing difficulties, discomfort, or a feeling of fullness in the ear, it’s best to see a healthcare professional who can safely remove any excess earwax. They may also be able to provide advice on how to prevent excessive earwax buildup in the future.