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I've never pulled hair from Tango's ears.
When Bandit first came to live with us, he had infections in both ears (along with several other issues). We took him to the vet and the groomer, and had both ears plucked. Cleared up both infections. Rather than pulling the hair, I actually just make sure it's trimmed flush (so it's not flowing out of his ears). Plus I use cleaner from the vet once a week. Keeps them clean and dry.
When I bathe them (twice a month) I do wipe the insides of their ears (not down into the canal, just where you can easily see/reach) with a soft towel. I am careful to get into all of the little folds inside their ear, but again, don't try to go too deep as you can cause damage!
But I don't have any problems with buildup, no itching, no irritation. They both seem fine with this arrangement, and my vet examins their ears twice a year with their regular checkups. No problems here!
I haven't had an issue with either of my dogs.