Doctors worldwide vehemently oppose the use of cotton swabs to clear out ear wax. But their advise falls on 'deaf ears' as many people continue to insert foreign objects in the cavities of their ears in hopes of 'cleaning' dirt and dust. Once a person pries something loose from their ear, it sends a cascade of satisfaction down their spines, but not without plenty of debilitating risks, some of which we'll describe here.
There is a warning on boxes which warn users not to insert them inside their ears. But Q-tips have increasingly become associated with cleaning out the wax in the ear. What people don't realize is that they achieve its exact opposite!
Q-tips actually insert the wax further deep inside the ear canal which is barely an inch long. The ear then produces more ear wax and the normal flow of the wax - which is supposed to be from the inside out - is completely disrupted.
The Q tips should only be used to clean the outer side of the ear. If you insert the cotton swab any deeper, it might actually get lodged inside the ear canal which could actually plug your ear!
All that ear wax eventually becomes denser and denser and starts resembling tiny little rocks. These rocks can only be remove from trained professionals (such as your doctor) and can pose extreme danger such as tinnitus and even vertigo.
Doctors advice people not to insert anything inside their ears which is 'smaller than their elbow'. That actually means 'don't insert anything at all inside your ear!" Regardless, people would stick just about anything inside, from paper clips to hairpins and more!
Cotton swabs, hair pins, toothpicks and even house keys (people do stick house keys inside their ears as well!) can cause small cuts inside the ear canals, perforate the drums and can even dislocate our hearing bones.
This can lead to loss of hearing, dizziness, ringing (tinnitus) most of which might be irreversible. Some of the cuts can also lead to infections which could travel all the way up to the brain and trigger brain damage.
Most people are of the opinion that ear wax is an indication of uncleanliness, but what they fail to realize is that ear wax (a self cleaning agent) actually plays a central role in naturally cleaning the ear canal.
Dirt, dust or any other foreign object which manages to enter inside our ears get stuck to the wax, which prevents particles from going further up into the ear canal. Additionally, ear wax also helps keep the ear lubricated.
The movement and action of our jaws also plays an integral role in cleaning out the old earwax from the ear. This movement gradually pushes the dirt out of the ear canal from inside to the outside.
Visit your general practitioner in case you feel that there is excess ear wax (or harmful foreign object) inside your ear canals. Never operate on the ear canal yourself or you could make the situation worse than it already is.
This is not to say that that aren't any home remedies available to use, doctors still recommend that you should ask your general practitioner about the best ways of treating your ear wax. You might have certain ear conditions which could make these options unsafe.
Mix one part of rubbing alcohol, white vinegar and tap water and add tiny droplets inside your ear. This will easily soften up the ear wax and actually help with the cleanup process in a natural way.
Something as simple as inserting a few drops (emphasis on few!) of water can be fairly effective to soften up the ear wax. You can also use over the counter wax softening drops and irrigators to get the job done!
Some people attribute their conditions to wax buildup but that is not always the case. If your ear shows the following symptoms such as pain, drainage, bleeding, ringing sound and hearing loss then make an appointment with a doctor immediately before the symptoms further aggravate and spiral out of control!
When we think of inventors, the image that comes to mind is usually that of a frazzled scientist toiling away in a lab, not celebrities pulled from the pages of Us Weekly. However, a number of well-known public figures hold patents for various innovations. Some are related to the work that made them famous, while others are offshoots of hobbies or just a single great idea.
Part of guitar wizard Eddie Van Halen's signature sound was his two-handed tapping technique, but letting all ten fingers fly while simultaneously holding up the guitar's neck could get a bit tricky. Van Halen came up with a novel way to get around this problem, though; he invented a support (top) that could flip out of the back of his axe's body to raise and stabilize the fretboard so he could tap out searing songs like "Eruption." While Van Halen was obviously interested in improving his guitar work, the patent application he filed in 1985 notes that the device would work with any stringed instrument. Want to tap out a scorching mandolin solo? Find someone selling Eddie's device.
It’s probably not surprising that James Cameron—who designed a submersible to take him to the deepest known part of the ocean—will often invent technology to make his films if what he needs doesn’t exist. He holds a number of patents, including US Patent No. 4996938, “apparatus for propelling a user in an underwater environment,” that he and his brother, Michael, created to film The Abyss and patented in 1989. The device is basically an underwater dolly equipped with propellers that makes it easy for a camera operator to maneuver in the water—and allowed Cameron to capture the shots he wanted for the 1989 film, part of which was filmed in an abandoned nuclear reactor.
In 1987 Jamie Lee Curtis designed and patented a disposable diaper that included a waterproof pocket that held baby wipes. She hasn't profited from her idea yet, though, since she refuses to license the patent until diaper companies make biodegradable products.
You know him as a rock legend, but Neil Young also loves trains—so much that he owns a stake in a model train manufacturing company and has an extensive collection. He also holds seven patents related to model trains, including Patent No. US5441223, "Model train controller using electromagnetic field between track and ground."