It is important to look after your ears both from noise and physical trauma. If you have problems with infections or intermittent discharge it is especially important to ensure you look after your ear health.
- Do not use cotton buds, hair grips or anything else to clean or dry your ears as these damage the delicate lining of your ear canal and may even perforate your eardrum.
- Do not scratch your ears as this may cause or spread infection.
- Wax is a healthy product of the ear and will likely work its way out on its own. Wax should only be removed by a trained professional.
- Keep your ears dry when showering, washing or swimming if you have difficulties with infections, discharging ears or have a perforated eardrum. Use ear plugs or cotton wool covered in Vaseline. Before going swimming, check with your doctor or nurse that swimming will not harm your ears.
- If you have any concerns with the health of your ears consult your GP.
- Use ear protection when exposed to harmful substances or excessive noise.
- Have regular hearing tests to monitor your hearing health, particularly if regularly exposed to excessive noise levels.