If you have been using cotton buds to clean your ears, it is time to stop. Experts now say that the best way to deal with excess earwax is to leave it alone.
Trying to remove earwax can cause problems, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
The person who invented cotton buds was inspired after watching his wife try to clean the wax out of a baby’s ear with a piece of cotton on the end of a toothpick in the 1920s.
Doctors have recently found that using cotton buds in this manner could cause more harm than good.