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Video: Q-tips And In-ear Headphones Are Ear Killers
Q-tips and in-ear headphones are ear killers
The deputy chief physician for the medical department of the Bauman City Clinical Hospital 29, Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Professor Mikhail Leizerman spoke about this in an interview with MedPortal.
Mikhail Leizerman / Photo: klinika29.ru
According to the doctor, the cotton swabs sold in any pharmacy and supermarket were originally intended solely for cosmetic purposes. They began to be used for cleaning ears simply because they are more convenient than matches with cotton wool, but most people do not know how dangerous they are.
“For example, a person was called, he turned sharply, or stumbled, or sneezed. The cotton swab can penetrate deep into the ear and cause perforation of the eardrum. There is a very sharp pain, and if measures are not taken in time, the hole will remain for life and there will be chronic purulent otitis media. I have to patch my eardrums once a week, or even more often after using cotton swabs,”said Mikhail Grigorievich. He noted that before the advent of cotton swabs on the wide sale, such a number of cases of perforation had not been in his practice.
According to the doctor, the cotton swab is longer than a match, plus its structure makes it very easy to slide. If there is a need for regular cleaning of the ears - for example, if the earwax is too thick, lubricates the ear canal and dust gets into it - it is better to use a match with cotton wool in the old fashioned way, slightly moistening it. It is advisable to consult your doctor about how best to carry out your ear hygiene.
Mikhail Leizerman also recalled the dangers of headphones, especially earbuds. According to him, usually the sound enters our ear in a scattered form, in headphones it goes in a directed wave to the eardrum, because of this it becomes flabby. Over time, this leads to hearing loss and even hearing loss.
He recommended using headphones - they are less comfortable, but more physiological, since the sound in them is scattered and does not hit the eardrum.