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Name: Becc
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Age: 13
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Date: 2002042

Why do we have ear wax?

My understanding is that ear wax does washes away bacteria that try to grow in your ears. The micro-organisms are trapped in the sticky substance that is slowly pushed out of the hearing canal by tiny hairs.

The body uses this 'mechanical cleaning' in other parts as well: tears wash away bacteria from your eyes every time you blink (and it can even kill bacteria since tears contain certain proteins that kills bacteria). When you scrape your throat you remove microorganisms that were trapped in the slime in your upper respiratory tract. Even urine flushes the walls of the urine canal on its way out. It is a simple way of keeping surfaces clean that are in contact to the outside world. Even thought of the fact that the inner of your ears is being part of your 'outside' body?

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