Can your finger reach your eardrum?
If you can reach your ear drum with your finger you should know it is not the norm. We can generally reach the outside of the canal that interfaces with the pinna, where it’s safe to clean the wax that you are unhappy about being seen. Perhaps that’s what you mean.
Can you touch your ear drum with your fingers? Only if you have abnormally thin fingers or an abnormally wide ear canal. However, some people CAN touch their eardrum with a Qtip, bobby pin, pencil, or screwdriver; this is painful and can cause lasting injury. Do NOT put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear (like your smart Grandma told you) ! ! !
Is it bad to put your finger in your ear? Apart from the risks of cutting your canal or forcing wax back into your inner ear, sticking a finger in your ear is a mistake because your nails tend to conceal lots of microscopic bacteria that could cause an infection, Comer says. Especially if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic, you’re at greater risk for infection.
Can you use ear plugs on the ear drum? If you have wax buildup in your ears, the use of earplugs sometimes may push the wax deeper inside your ear canal. The ear plugs mentioned by Rob x 2 are very good. They can’t reach your ear drum. But if you happen to use an MP3 player with earbuds that are very comfortable, turn down the volume and see how much noise they block out.
Is it possible to tear your ear canal? However, the skin of your ear canal is fairly delicate and sensitive to friction, so it’s entirely possible you have caused it to tear slightly, or to get some other type of wound or irritation.