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1 Nov 2017

A client’s story. A lesson for others not to use cotton buds in their ears.

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Our audiologist Liam writes about a recent ‘surprise’ he saw in an ear canal. A gentleman, let’s call him Mr. A, arrived at the clinic to see me for ear wax removal today. He had been referred by his doctor, as he had recently had an ear infection and needed an ear clean.
Mr. A had tried to clear the ear infection himself with a cotton bud before he saw his GP. When he tried to pull the cotton bud out of his ear, the cotton wool remained firmly stuck inside his ear canal. When I checked Mr. A’s ear, I was quite surprised to see a small, furry white cotton block tucked very close to his ear drum!
It was a challenge to remove the offending cotton wool from Mr. A’s ear. My usual micro vacuum would not suck the cotton out. I had to use tweezers and a high-powered, magnifying head lamp to gently prise the cotton wool from the ear canal.
Needless to say that Mr. A could hear much better following the procedure and has promised me to never use cotton buds again! 
Please don’t use cotton buds to clean your ears. 
Liam has Masters of Clinical Audiology and is an Audiology Australia Accredited Audiologist. Liam works at our Sunshine, Fitzroy and Werribee hearing centres.
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