He went on to explain that:
85 percent of respondents to an Oprah.com poll who said they use cotton swabs to clean their ears Dr. Oz says you may as well be "taking a muzzle-loader and shoving it in there.
Wax is the sweat that the body deposits in the ear lining," he says. "When our ancestors were walking along in the sub-Saharan desert, the dust would get caught like an insect trap and prevent it from getting into your eardrum. When you take this cotton swab and you start shoving that wax into your eardrum, you risk not only blocking off the pathway, but you also risk perforating—making a hole—in your eardrum which is just a millimeter thick.So, instead of Q-tips, he says we should use mineral oil to melt away any wax build up we have in our ears. The way I see it, this is a few million less things we have to worry about throwing away everyday. Though small, they add up. Yes, the mineral oil does have a bottle to consider, but odds are that the bottles are recyclable, unlike used cotton swabs. Better for your ears and better for the environment.
As far as the dampness that so many people hate feeling in their ears, use a towel like you do with every other part of your body.