I think that was Camazotz's Q-Tip addiction confessional thread. I've sworn those things off for anything ear-related. And I do not possess the required body flexibilty or balance to use the home bulb-squirters on myself. Thus I go my doc's nurse who is not only an expert at the process but, rather than being grossed out by it, has a clinical curiosity about what she may find in there. So, win/win.
Someone gave me one of those cheap, but very effective, mini microscopes. You think what comes out looks bad then with just a human eye! Look at it with them. Also, just looking at your skin make you think David Icke was right and there are Reptilians amongst us and maybe you are one! Stuff like cuts etc also look crazy. And it has various light spectrum adjustments and seems, to me, more powerful as the stuff we had back in the day in class. Not really, I'm sure, but pretty powerful to see stuff. Technology, so cheap these days. Data storage, microscopes, drones, etc. Amazing.