Wax impaction by Cotton-bud

The ear canal comprises of cartilage and bones covered by skin. Earwax is produced within the cartilaginous portion. This earwax usually comes out with skin epithelial tissues. In some people, however, the wax collects within.

When you attempt to remove the wax using cotton buds, the wax may get pushed further inside in the direction of the tympanic membrane (ear drum), aggravating hearing loss.If you push too hard ear drum may get damaged.

If you want to clean wax, do not use hair clips,keys, feathers, safety pins or rolled paper as they may traumatize the drum or canal skin. The only safe thing I can recommend is a clean wick made of a rolled piece of cloth. The edge of the wick can be moistened with water for further safety.