Health Answers: Are foam earplugs bad for my ears?

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Q: I’ve heard Q-tips are bad for my ears. What about foam earplugs?

A: Many people reach for cotton swabs to get wax out of their ears, but doctors recommend avoiding that temptation. For one, wax isn’t all bad. “It’s not good to have an ear that’s too clean,” says Donald Keamy, Jr., an otolaryngologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. “Wax helps prevent certain infections in the ear canal.”

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