Have you had your ears cleaned professionally?
Before the summer holiday we cautioned our readers about the perils of Swimmer’s and Surfer’s ear in our blog: Things to know about Swimmer’s Ear.
We warned about the effects of water getting into your ear canal and causing an environment for bacteria to thrive and cause ear infections. We also stressed the importance recently again of having hearing check ups regularly; The Relationship between Car Servicing and Hearing Checkups.
Well, do we have a cautionary tale to share with you all today…
Alongside you can see the otoscopic examination of a patient who enjoyed the ocean, none the wiser of the sea sand that remained in their ear. Needless to say, it has caused some havoc.
The patient complained of headaches, dizziness and dried blood protruding from the ear canal. The best thing that the patient did was seek a medical examination from an audiologist! Immediately an otoscopic examination was done with the KUDUscope and much to their surprise they discovered a private beach within the patient’s ear. Holding back the jokes of “Can you hear the ocean”, the ear was cleaned using the soothing warm water of an Earigator, and NOT an earbud (cotton swab / Q-tip)!
The patient immediately felt relief and will be monitored for any other signs of damage to the eardrum due to what appeared to be salt buildup on the membrane.
The morals of this story we wish to share is:
- Never skip otoscopic examinations (Specific to practitioners)
- Regularly go for hearing check ups with an audiologist as you would visit your dentist, optometrist, or general practitioner.
- Never use earbuds / cotton buds / Q-tips, you might be causing more damage to your ears.