Earwax can often times build up in the ear canal. Not a topic that is discussed often, excessive earwax buildup can also be a health issue if not addressed. A blocked ear canal is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. The bamboo used in these ear picks is very high quality and hand selected for 'springiness.' Craftsman shape the bamboo ear picks to the thinnest it can be to keep the springiness and prevent premature breakage. The shape of the spoon allows you to catch the wax easily.