How can I detox from my q-tip addiction?
November 26, 2007 10:57 AM Subscribe
How can I get over my q-tip addiction?
posted by jacquilynne to health & fitness (45 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I have, for a long time, been totally addicted to swabbing my ears with q-tips. I know it's bad and wrong and you're not supposed to stick anything smaller than your elbow in your ear, but if I don't do it, they itch like mad and drive and me nuts all day.
That said, I have this annoying echoey problem in my one ear where I can hear my pulse, which I believe is possibly related to my q-tip use and my ear being packed full of wax. This echoey problem is almost, but not quite as annoying as the itchy ears. More importantly though, it's making it hard for me to hear people when conversing in restaurants or otherwise noisy environments.
So I'm really, really trying to quit. I've managed to go a couple of days at a time without swabbing, but then my ears (one more than the other) just itch until I can't concentrate on anything until I do something about it, and then I swab them and they feel better. Until the next day.
I've tried ear candling, but it didn't really help. (And, we tried burning an ear candle over an empty sink instead of in my ear, and the amount and type of crud that were in the candle when we were done were almost identical to the one we burned in my ear, so we're pretty sure ear candling is a big hokey scam in general.)
So, any mefites have any hints or tips for things to do to help me "detox" from q-tips? Or things I could to solve my ear wax problem in general? Or alternative causes for my echoey pulse hearing issue so I can just go back to using those precious, wonderful cotton swabs on a daily basis and not worry about it damaging my hearing?