We all know that you’re not supposed to put “anything smaller than your elbow in your ear,”and yet, people do it all the time.
But, your ear canals are self-cleaning. Every time you chew or move your jaw, you’re helping move old earwax out of your ear. Earwax stops dust and dirt from getting into your ear canal. It also protects ears from infection.
There are times when earwax can block your ears and affect your hearing. Christine Halvorsen, a Physician’s Assistant with Lake ENT, explains that’s when you will need to visit a professional.