We’ve all heard the news that using cotton swabs is dangerous because you run the risk of damaging your ears, but there’s nothing quite as satisfying as twirling a Q-tip in search of any built-up ear wax. But if you have enough self-control to step away from cotton buds for good, the Internet has an endless stockpile of ear wax removal videos that are almost as gratifying as doing it yourself.
Watch the video below to see some of the best, grimace-inducing, hand-over-mouth gagging, can’t-look-away ear wax removal videos.
While you squint and squirm and wonder why anyone would ever go through something like this, it’s clear in some of the videos how uncomfortable-yet-pleasurable it is for the patients to finally get their ear wax removed. Getting water stuck in your ear is bad enough and that eventually evaporates, so we can only imagine how annoying it would be to have a chunk of dried wax lodged in your ear, affecting your ability to hear.