That is the finding of a new study from the American Academy of Otolaryngology reported by Reuters News Agency.
According to the report, using cotton swabs to remove earwax is unnecessary, and possibly harmful. The wax is gross, but beneficial - much the same as nasal mucus. The wax traps dirt, dust, and other debris that naturally enters our ears.
Doctors say the wax will naturally be pushed out by new skin growth, jaw movement, or by being washed away in a shower. Using a swab will only push the wax in further, and could damage the ear drum. Doctor Seth Schwartz, who help create the new guidelines as a result of the report, said "wiping away any excess wax when it comes to the outside of the ear is enough to keep it clean."