Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Misnomer Which Can Get Costly

The misnomer is nothing but the famous “Ear Buds”
I get lots of patients who come with trauma to theirs ears or to their loved ones because of using this stuff. In fact most of the impacted wax is because of its usage.
It does not matter whether you are using the local or the International brand, the result is the same. In fact using the local ones being sold on the road side will make you dearer by few more rupees because the bud is made from discarded patient used cotton from the Govt. hospitals.
People think that ear buds are for the ears, no folks it is just plain simple bad marketing technique.
Now you may ask what good is ear wax?
Understand that ear wax is a sticky stuff that traps anything foreign that flies, crawls, or is blown into the ear canals. Dirt, tiny bits of plant material, small insects, bacteria, and so forth are immobilized by wax. The primary purpose of ear wax is to protect your ear canal and ear drum from such foreign materials. 
What problems can ear wax cause?
Many patients that present with wax problems are regular users of ear-buds. Ear-buds, safety-pins and hair-pins, when used carelessly can push wax into the deeper parts of the ear-canal where wax is not formed. In such a situation, there would be further impaction of the wax. Hearing loss occurs when wax completely blocks the ear canal. Even a small amount of wax, if wedged between the ear drum and the ear canal wall, reduces the ability of the ear drum to conduct sound. Also, the skin of the ear canal and the eardrum is very thin and fragile and is easily injured. Ear wax can cause pain, infection, deafness and cough.
Having said this how do you clean your ears? For one do not put anything inside the ears, ear wax migrates out of the canal all by itself and does not need your help.
Secondly use can either use baby oil to the ears of kids once every fortnight and this will clean the wax. For adults use either baby oil, clove oil or commercially available wax solvents and your ears should be clean.
Warning: People who have a history of middle ear infections or a hole in the ear drum should NOT try these remedies, nor should they allow a physician to irrigate their ears. Do not self-medicate with persistent symptoms; the problem may be unrelated to wax and may be more serious.


3 comments:

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