If This Were Easy…

2008-07-13

…I would keep my fingers out of my ears

Filed under: ear swabbing, health — Easy @ 9:00 am

I have a longstanding Q-tip problem.

I know that you’re not supposed to put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear, but that’s never stopped me from swabbing my ears out with Q-tips, and doing it a lot.

What did make me stop was the realization that my Q-tip habit was probably the source of many of my hearing problems.

I’m struggling with quitting the Q-tips, though. It’s a surprisingly tough addiction to crack. I’ve got it down from a couple of times a day to every couple of weeks, just based on not keeping them in my house at all. The only source of them here is to walk up four flights of stairs to my landlady’s bathroom and use one of hers. And four flights of stairs is a pretty strong deterrent.

At my brother’s house on the weekend, though, there was a whole big shiny nearly full box with the top removed just sitting on top of the toilet. Right there. In easy reach. Where I saw it every time I used the bathroom.

Relapse!

So, this week’s new thing is a non-activity. I’m simply going to start a chain of not swabbing out my ears with Q-tips.

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2 Comments »

  1. How does using cotton swabs affect one’s hearing? I clean my ears out after I shower every day and I have quite sensitive hearing. I’ve never had a doctor tell me my ears are damaged or plugged up with wax or anything like that.

    Comment by Pie — 2008-07-17 @ 7:52 pm

  2. The main way I think is by jabbing your ear drums until they get cranky, or by pushing wax into your ears. I think it’s not wax in my case, but stopping the Q-tips definitely helped the hearing.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-07-17 @ 8:15 pm


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