Some interesting hearing-related projects are turning up on Kickstarter - usually they are some kind of hearable or cheap sound amplifier but this one is a little different.
Eeears is a reusable ear cleaner and is billed as being a replacement for cotton buds/swabs. The people running the Kickstarter campaign are focusing on the product's ability to reduce the huge amount of used cotton buds that goes in to landfill each year.
Eeears will be made from 100% soft and hypoallergenic silicone and, as you can see from the picture, they are reasonably short in length and have a ridged end. The idea is, as you turn the device in your ear the ridged end scoops out any wax or much from inside your ear.
Their Kickstarter page does mention briefly that they are safe as they are not long enough for someone to poke their eardrum with.
These devices are not on the market yet, so I haven't actually tried one out, but they do look like being a safer way for people to clean their ears as well as being environmentally friendly. It will be interesting to see how well that ridged end works to remove debris, especially for people with earwax build up - people trying to remove a wax build up with cotton buds usually just end up pushing the wax further down in to their ear and making the problem worse, can Eeears act more like a scoop and remove it instead? Time will tell.
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