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Foreign objects, like cotton swabs and bobby pins, can cause cuts and bruises in the ear canal that can get infected, causing acute ear infections → Avoid putting foreign objects in the ear.

A nurse at the Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) department of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH),Mrs. Mavis Amankwah has cautioned the public to desist from the habit of inserting objects into the ears to avoid ear infections which results in hearing loss.

She said inserting items such as cotton swabs, match sticks, broomsticks and feathers, among others into the ears damage the protection of the eardrum and the wax in the ears.

''The ear sometimes get itchy, an irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch the ear.....the itching ear may be due to sore, wax ,inflammation, boil or peeling off of the skin in the ear''

''In all these instances it is NOT advisable to use foreign materials like feathers, sticks , cotton swabs etc in the ear''

''If one uses any of these materials in the ear it may damage the canal which leads to the eardrum and can also entirely remove the wax which protects the ear or even push it to the tympanic membrane to block ones hearing abilities''

Mrs. Mavis Amankwah told Nana Kwabena Ampratwum on SilverFM Omanbapa Morning Show.

 According to her, the wax serves as protection by preventing dirt from entering the eardrum and preventing hearing loss.

She further urged mothers to desist from inserting cotton buds and feathers into the ears of their toddlers in an attempt to remove dirt from their ears since it might damage the eardrum and lead to hearing loss.

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Last modified on Thursday, 18 March 2021

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