In fact, the word "ear" appears less than a dozen times on the entire Q-tip website.
Apparently, Q-tips are meant for many other uses beyond ears which play only a very small role in the world of Q-tips.
• Cleaning tiny spaces in ventilator grates
• Applying polishes to silverware
• Dust picture frames
• Clean keyboards and the computer screen
• Applying wood stain
• Clean tracks and grooves of medicine cabinets
• Clean small compartments of washing machines
etc, etc, etc