In taking care of your ears it is important to take care not only of the outside of your ear but also the inside of your ear. At University Otolaryngology, our physicians treat ear infections, hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, perforated eardrums, surfer’s ear and impacted wax to name a partial list. Ear surgery is also one of our specialties. If you have any questions on what we treat, please don’t hesitate to call our office.
Here are some Ear Care tips you should follow:
- When cleaning your ears use a washcloth for the outer ear only. Do not insert anything inside the ear such as a cotton swab or finger. These items could cause damage to the ear drum by pushing wax against it or actually piercing the ear drum; causing hearing problems.
- If you have an earache please see one of our ear, nose and throat physicians. Ear infections, if left unattended, may damage your ear drum or middle ear; possibly causing hearing loss. Medications may be prescribed to clear up the infection.
- If you experience sudden hearing loss in one or both ears or hear noises in your head (tinnitus), you should see one of our physicians immediately. This could indicate a serious medical problem.
- When piercing your ears for earrings, make sure the piercing is done in a sanitary fashion and appropriate anti-bacterial aids are used to prevent infection.
- If you are swimming in water for extended periods of time, swim plugs may be needed for your ears to avoid swimmer’s ear. This is an infection of the ear canal and external ear and can be treated with antibiotics.
- If you are engaged in sporting events such as football, soccer, hockey, etc., appropriate headgear should be worn at all times.
- If you are being exposed to noisy places or loud noises, ear plugs should be worn to prevent hearing damage.
- Ear wax is normal to the ears. If it is excessive or it is affecting your hearing, you should see one of our ear, nose, and throat physicians to take care of it.
- When listening to music through ear buds or ear phones, be careful not to play the music too loud.
- When in doubt about a matter involving your ears or hearing, please call our office to have your questions answered.