Keeping your ears well maintained and healthy is simpler than you think. Even so, many people make mistakes by not paying attention to everyday habits or exaggerating “care”. Here you will find basic recommendations on how to care for your ears and three common mistakes you need to avoid!
Hearing loss can happen for several reasons and, in most cases, it is a slow and gradual process, as we have already described here. It can be characterized as mixed, sensorineural or conductive.
A study released by the Pediatric Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, in the United States, explains that almost three quarters of cases of ear injuries in children and young people up to 18 years of age occurred during ear hygiene.The data deconstructs the idea that hearing loss is something that only happens among older people and proves that anyone is susceptible to the problem. But do you also make common mistakes in your daily life?
1. Use of flexible rods
The most common mistake is the use of flexible cotton-tipped swabs (cotton swabs) to clean the ear canal. In fact, our ears must be sanitized and the swabs facilitate this process, but the correct thing is to clean only the outer part of the ear, especially if you are using a cotton swab.
The cerumen produced by the body has the function of protecting the ears from polluting substances, water or any other fluid. Excess wax is dried out and is naturally eliminated from the ear, so we say that the ear canal has a self-cleaning mechanism.
Inserting objects into the ear can also cause injury to the ear canal or even the eardrum, causing ear infection or even partial hearing loss.
2. Introduction of liquid substances in the ear
Heated vegetable oil, baby skin oil, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide are commonly indicated as home treatments for pain or a stuffy feeling in the ears. But getting fluids or any substance into your ears without a doctor’s guidance is very dangerous.
3. Excessive ear cleaning
Finally, the third mistake that many understand to be correct is the excessive frequency of cleaning the ear. As stated earlier, our ears are self-cleaning and need intervention only in specific cases.
Drying your ears well after bathing is important, but this should be done with the towel and, again, only on the outside of the ear, where the finger reaches.
Cleaning with cotton swabs or even drops of baby oil applied to cotton disks should not be done properly.