We all know how important it is to keep ourselves clean – at the moment, I am having lots of conversations with my children about keeping themselves clean and why they need to make sure they wash properly and regularly. They know about keeping their hair clean, their bodies, their teeth and their ears. Keeping your hair clean is easily done with shampoo and it’s good old soap and water in our house for their daily wash or shower. We are just transitioning from the fruity, child’s toothpaste to the minty adult one for teeth, but it seems that ear care isn’t quite so simple – there seem to be a myriad of views as to whether you should use cotton buds, leave them alone completely or, as my mum used to sat, never put anything smaller than your elbow into your ear!
Mostly, ears should be self-cleaning and convention wisdom seems to agree with my mum – cotton buds should be used for the outer ear only and never be inserted into the actual ear canal, irrespective of age. When your ears’ self-cleaning mechanism doesn’t function as it should, you can start to suffer from poor hearing and even ear pain. When this happens, it makes sense to consult the professionals rather than suffering in silence, but our GP surgery currently has a 6-8 week wait for simple procedures such as ear syringing. That’s where it is often a good idea to look for a specialist like Auris Ear Care who can diagnose and treat a range of ear-care issues at a time to suit you.
The immediate consequences of not keeping our teeth clean can be yellowing teeth and toothache, if we don’t keep our hair clean, it can look greasy and grubby nails definitely don’t create a good first impression. But if we don’t look after our ears properly, aside from pain, we can suffer poor hearing which can be socially isolating and embarrassing. It makes good sense to keep on top of our aural health just the same as we would with any other aspect of personal hygiene.