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I use earplugs whenever sound is excessive (i.e. cutting the lawn, plowing snow, tablesaw, hammer, chainsaw, loud speakers, movie theater, loud public event).  The good is that it protects my hearing, the bad is that earplugs, if inserted correctly are great at removing ear wax.  Ear wax is a key component to keeping your ears moist.  For the past year I have had a problem with itchy ears and, I must confess, I also use Q-tips on occasion.  My local ENT suggests that either I am allergic to earplugs or my ears have become too dry.  He suggested placing a drop of baby oil or olive oil in each ear and stop using Q-tips.  I have followed his advice and realized a dramatic improvement.  Another good source of information was on this website:


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