Dr. Tony: Cleaning Out Your Ears

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Listen up and get the gunk out of your ears! The doctor is in with a special message for you.

Dr. Tony Hyser, of Providence Health Center, says think twice before picking up that Q-Tip.

There’s some do’s and don’ts of cleaning out your ears. Despite popular belief, the cotton swabs aren’t recommended for your ears. Hyser suggests using baby oil or mineral oil to moisten the wax and get it out.

People can injure their eardrum by putting Q-Tips too deep into the ear.

Hyser describes earwax as a protector for your ears. It keeps your ears from itching when it’s dry. Everyone’s earwax is different.