Tips for Maintaining Ear Health
Tips for Maintaining Ear Health
Ears are one of the five senses that support the functions of the human body. Without it, one will not be able to enjoy the beautiful melodies of the world. However, not a few people who ignore ear health. These people will generally only realize the importance of the ear when the organ is affected.
Taking care of ear hygiene and health is important to prevent various ear problems, such as ear infections, ringing in the ears, to hearing loss or even sudden deafness.
Earwax or cerumen is a soft lump that is produced naturally from the oil glands on the outside of the ear canal. The cerumen functions as a protector, starting from protecting the ear from dust, the growth of pathogenic germs, and keeping animals from entering the ear. Basically, cerumen is not dangerous if the amount is not excessive.
However, the production of too much cerumen can have an impact on the quality of a person's hearing. Complaints that can arise due to dirt that fills the ear canal include feeling full and sometimes accompanied by impaired communication with the other person. Therefore, it is important to clean earwax before more severe complaints arise.
Should You Clean Your Ears with a Cotton Bud?
The ears automatically clean themselves when we talk, chew or move the jaw. Usually, if it gets dirty, the ear wax comes out on its own along with jaw movements that make the cheek muscles move. Then, do you still need to clean your ears with a cotton bud? In fact, cleaning the ears with a cotton bud is not the right thing to do. You can use cotton buds, but only for the earlobe. Avoid using cotton buds to clean the inner ear.
Picking the ear with a cotton bud makes the dirt get deeper and causes the dirt to settle on the inside of the ear which is only 2.5-3 cm long. Dirt that settles can become hard and impede circulation in the ear. This condition causes a person to experience hearing loss. Basically the ear has a mechanism to clean itself, so we don't have to clean the inside ourselves. Friends of Hermina only need to wipe the outside of the ear with soap and water, then dry it with a cloth or towel.
Know How to Maintain Proper Ear Health
Maintain body hygiene by bathing every day, especially after traveling outside the house. This method helps soften earwax caused by water flowing from your head when you shower or wash your hair.
Friends of Hermina can also avoid cleaning their ears independently with cotton buds because this has the potential to push earwax deeper into the ear.
Avoid picking the ear with unclean tools and sharp and pointed objects because it can cause injury to the ear canal and even the eardrum. Damage caused can be temporary or permanent.
Then, avoid also inserting fluids or ear drops without a doctor's recommendation. Errors in therapy can damage hearing.
Immediately visit an ENT specialist if there is a buildup of earwax and to conduct regular ear health checks
Let's raise awareness together about the importance of maintaining the health of our sense of hearing. Prevention of hearing loss that can arise to deafness problems can be done as early as possible by implementing proper ear health care. Consult Hermina's friend's ear health problems with the ENT Specialist RSIA HERMINA Mutiara Bunda Salatiga.