I've learned that using qtips can cause damage to ear drums if used too forcefully, yet sometimes i find that one's ears don't always clear up naturally as doctor's state they should and the get quite clogged. i continue to use qtips but i'm careful not to force it in too far or stop even with slightest resistance. Should i stop using qtips? sticking a kleenex in my ear doesn't clean it enough either, but i notice over time i've had to turn up the volume on things like tvs and radio. also just curious can skin infection partially in the ear but not in the ear cannal cause hearing loss if not treated early?