Dangers of using earbuds

What are the effects of using earbuds?

Using earbuds, or Q-tips to clean the ear is an extremely common practice. Despite being told not to use them to clean the ears, people still continue to do so because it hasn’t caused them any harm until now. What people do not realize is that by using earbuds to clean their ears, they tend to push the ear wax deeper into the ear canal.

Ear wax is basically wax with dead skin from the outer ear. It could either be wet or dry, genetically. Ear wax is present in the ear to serve a purpose of protecting the inner ear, i.e. the sensitive part of the ear from any kind of damage. Additionally, it prevents the ear from becoming dry and also prevents dirt and germs from entering the inner ear, saving it from infections and irritation.

Inserting anything from a pin, finger to even a cotton bud or Q-tip in the ear puts one at the risk of developing irritation in the ear as it pushes the ear wax further deep into the ear canal. Most people use ear buds to clean their ears because it is convenient and saves them the effort of going to a specialist. This is a very dangerous practice and can even cause hearing loss because the eardrum is extremely sensitive and can be ruptured even with the slightest pressure from an earbud.

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Harmful impacts of excessive use of earphones/headphones.

  1. Is it safe to use earphones or headphones? In either case is there a stipulated time frame during a day or night it can be used in terms of number of hours?

Everywhere you look, people walking on the streets, while commuting by the metro or cab, while working out etc. people are always using headphones or earphones that are connected to their mobiles or portable listening devices. It is not unsafe to use earphones or headphones. It is the volume of the music played on these devices that causes harm and damages the ear.

Individuals commonly speak at 60 dB and music should be played at a maximum of 😯 dB, and never exceed 85 dB or more. The volume of music played should be at 60% volume maximum and no more.

The damage caused to the ear depends on the level of volume the ear is exposed to and for how long. Exposure to noise levels of 100 Db is extremely harmful for more than 15 minutes. However, irrespective of the noise level, it is recommended to use earphones/headphones for not more than an hour at a stretch (more…)

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Never Hold Back A Sneeze: Here’s Why!

Sneezing is a reflex by which our body fights away irritants that are inhaled into the nose. Ever wondered why you sneeze more than once in a row sometimes, it is because at times it takes more than one go to clear off all the irritants.

Holding your nose and mouth when a forceful sneeze urges might seem like a simple and harmless thing to do, but did you know that this act could result in severe medical consequences? Firstly one needs to understand that sneezing is a reflex to infiltrate the nasal lining and clear its passages to be able to breathe clean air. In case of an irritation, the chest muscles contract/tighten leading to pressure build up. The tongue then pushes against the roof of the mouth forcing breath to push out through the nose, hence causing a sneeze.

It’s always the wrong time when there is an urge to sneeze in the middle of a movie theater or a meeting. A sneeze travels at about 100 miles per hour, which is probably the reason why people tend in hold in their sneeze as they do not want to spread the germs all over. Moreover in some social situations like on a public transport or in between a presentation, one doesn’t feel its right to push out a big sneeze and hence being polite, you hold it back. But, have you ever thought what this could do to your body?

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Stop Poking Your Ears

There is so much information on the internet on the do’s and don’ts of cleaning your ears. Some sources suggest not to use cotton ear buds to clean your ear while others say cotton buds are okay to use as long as they aren’t inserted too deep into the ear.

So which side of the argument actually holds merit?

Using earbuds, or Q-tips to clean the ear is an extremely common practice. ‘Do not use earbuds/Q-tips to clean your ears’ is advice that is often ignored by all despite knowing that it could harm the ears. You may feel that you are cleaning your ears by using earbuds, but what you may be doing is pushing the earwax further deep into your ear canal.

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