Should I use Q-Tips to Clean my Ears?

Those of us who do clinic each week often have to answer the question for our patients, “Are Q-Tips really that bad?” This week’s Hearing International discussion investigates that question.  The current thought is that most attempts to clean the ears by using cotton swabs only result in pushing the wax further into the ear canal. Wax…

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It’s Not Just Earwax Anymore!

In the past, Hearing International reviewed the racial implications of cerumen as well as how it is removed in various parts of the world. So when the story broke about the use of earwax in personal identification, it was a discussion that we could not resist.   Recently scientists from the Monell Center in Philadelphia, PA (USA)  have used analytical organic chemistry …

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