This picture shows a blue color cotton bud piercing the ear drum and entering the middle ear,when someone accidentally hit you hand when you are cleaning your ear with a cotton bud. Small ossicles in the middle ear are also displayed. Cotton bud is a hard plastic cylinder covered with a piece of cotton. It is not flexible. Therefore it should never be used to cleand your ears.
REMEMBER! NOTHING SMALLER THAN THE ELBOW IN YOUR EAR.