From childhood, parents teach their children to follow the rules of personal hygiene. All parts of the body must be clean and tidy, and for this you need to wash your face, brush your teeth, comb your hair and wash your ears every day. However, if the first hygiene procedures are clear and simple, then the last - cleaning the ears - requires a special approach, otherwise you can harm the hearing aid and health in general.
Do not follow the advice of cleaning your ears frequently and deeply. They do not need to be washed daily. If the ears are healthy, the process of self-cleaning will naturally occur in the ear canals during normal human activities: when talking, coughing, chewing, yawning, etc. This is due to the movements of the temporomandibular joint, since it is located in close proximity to the anterior wall of the external auditory canal.
Only the auricle itself should be cleaned, without touching, and even more so, without penetrating directly into the ear canal. The external auditory canal is the membranous-cartilaginous section, which is located closer to the exit, and the bony one - deeper in the auricle, close to the tympanic membrane. The skin of the membranous-cartilaginous section contains the sebaceous and sulfur glands, hair can grow on it. Thus, the sulfur produced in this section protects the skin and the ear canal itself from inflammation and damage.
Sulfur is a natural secretion of the body, it is not dirt. It does not require thorough washing. If you diligently and often clean it, the place of transition between the ear sections, which is a narrow isthmus, will collect sulfur masses, they will be pushed through the isthmus, directly to the eardrum. Such diligent "cleaning" will only lead to the pressing of sulfur and the formation of sulfur plugs, for the removal of which you will have to consult a doctor.
It is enough to wash your ears inside and out with water and soap every 2-3 days. Insert your index finger (without the nail) into your ear, rotate it slowly, and move it from side to side with gentle pressure. Dry the ear opening with a towel.
To make the process of natural self-cleaning of the inner parts of the auricles more active, massage your ears at least once a week. To do this, pull the auricles, move them up and down, back and forth, rotate the ear tragus first in one direction, then in the other direction, do the same with the auricles.
For gentle but active cleaning of the ears, it is recommended to use a weakly concentrated hydrogen peroxide solution. To prepare it, pour 1-2 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into a teaspoon of water. Using a pipette, add 2 drops to each ear. Press the auricles with your hands for 5-10 seconds. Rinse your ears. Such cleaning can be carried out no more than 2-3 times a month.