When cleaning the ears with cotton swab we are actually pushing the ear wax deeper into the ear and the body cannot remove it on its own.
Many of us reach for cotton swabs after swimming. By frequent using q tips we can damage our ears. The wax protects the ear drum from penetration of dirt, bacteria and possible damage.
When chewing, talking or do other activities that involve swinging the mouth we are naturally stimulating the natural process of extraction of wax inside the ear.
The improper handling can damage hearing or cause inflammation of the ear.
Otorhinolaryngologists recommend washing the ear canal with a solution of warm water and vinegar.