Ear Care: Deafness and Hearing loss

Posted: December 2020

The ear is a self-cleaning organ and does not require any active cleaning. The ear only needs to be cleaned from outside. No object or fluid should be inserted or instilled into the ears, unless prescribed by a health professional.


The risk of hearing loss increases as sound is played at high intensity (volume) and for long durations. It has been shown that listening through earphones at 95% of maximum sound volume for 5 minutes (with most devices) continuously will damage hearing. To protect hearing, volume should be minimized and breaks should be taken while listening through ear/headphones.


Most ear infections can be prevented by taking good care of our ears. Some important things to remember are:

  • Do not let dirty water enter the ear;
  • Refrain from inserting anything foreign, especially sharp objects in the ear; and
  • Refrain from inserting anything foreign, especially sharp objects in the ear; and
  • Stay vigilant for problems like pain in the ear, decreased hearing and wetness in the ear If anything happens, consult your doctor as soon as possible

No! These may irritate the ear canal and the ear drum and cause infection. Always seek for your doctor’s advice.


Source: The World Health Organization

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