Deafness: Commonly seen in the age group of 18 to 25, say doctors

Earache can be painful. Earache is more common in children than it is in adults. The pain from earache can be constant or it may come and go. It can feel like a burning sensation or a sharp, or dull, pain. According to doctors, improper ear care can cause deafness amongst children and youth in the young age. Ear infections, continuous use of head phones and often use of cell phone are the leading reasons behind deafness

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Most ear pain clears up on its own without any treatment. But if it’s not getting better, or if you have other, more serious symptoms, you may need to see a doctor.

 Dr Bachi Hathiram, ENT surgeon and HOD of Nair Hospital said, “Young generation is crazy about mobile phones. Continuous use of ear phones can cause deafness. Injured eardrum can cause infection and reaches to the blood veins and brains, which can cause swelling to the brain and dizziness. But if the interior part of the ear is affected it can result in to pus.”

Dr Neelam Sathe, professor, ENT department of KEM Hospital said, “Deafness can cause due to usage of ear phones while listening to music. Patients don’t take treatment on time. By the time, the ear gets infected. In such cases, there are only 50 per cent chances of the person to be able to hear. It is commonly seen in the age group of 18 to 25.”

 Causes:

  • Ear infection can cause pus in the ears
  • Air pollution and allergies can cause ear infections
  • Ear injury can cause dizziness

Do’s:

  • Take extra care while cleaning the child’s ear
  • Clean the interior part of the ear with baby oil, ear drop or mineral oil
  • Use ear buds for cleaning the ears
  • In case of ear pain, consult the Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) surgeon

Don’t:

  • Insert any sharp objects in the ears
  • Self-medicate in case of cold
  • Clean the ear too often
  • Use safety pin to clean the ear
  • Clean the ear with cotton. The ear wax which is built-up can go inside the ear causing hearing loss