How to Clean Your Ears Under ideal circumstances, the ear canals should never have to be cleaned. ...the Ears are Actually Self Cleaning.    If you are prone to repeated wax build-up or use hearing aids,  consider seeing your doctor every 6 to 12 months for a checkup and routine preventive cleaning. American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery http://www.entnet.org/?q=node/1254