Ear-buds are NOT exactly your buddies! – Day 3

And I learned it the hard way when I recently went deaf.

Well almost deaf, if not for a kind ENT specialist’s timely help. If he hadn’t dug into my ears and pulled out a tiny tuft of cotton, I would still be a religious user of the deceptive bunch of sticks out to mislead everyone. It was a scary revelation to say the least, when the doctor explained how my addiction to the buds could harm me beyond repair.

Yes you read that right. Addicted. I was addicted to the buds so much that a huge box of ear buds was invariably a regular item in my monthly grocery list. They had become an integral part of my everyday life. Every time I would get an itchy ear, I stopped thinking straight…as if nothing was right. I would be overpowered by an uncontrollable urge to run to the box, pull out a stick and push it in my ears until I felt calm. There was an insane pleasure that tingling of buds in the ears brought about which kept pulling me towards them and I kept getting drowned in their spell.

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Image Courtesy- Google

I kept at it without realizing that a mere tending to an itchy ear was actually having an adverse impact. Until the sounds and noises started to blank out around me.

Fortunately it wasn’t too late. The doctor treated my blocked ears and advised commanded me to throw the box of buds out of the window!

I learnt from him how a regular usage of buds could lead to infection and permanent hearing loss. Some of us do produce excess wax which needs to be removed, but for most of us it need not be removed. Ear wax is essential to guard our ears from bacteria and water. So removing it will make the delicate skin more susceptible to infection. And pushing it with earbuds into the ear could further puncture our eardrums as well.

It’s funny and yet scary how these ear buds- no thanks to Johnson & Johnson– were constantly featured as a gift item for babies. I remember, when Namnam was born, we used to receive these gift packs and most of them would have a bunch of ear buds too tucked in a corner. I never used them on her though. Thankfully she has never been drawn to buds till date. Ironic I know, considering my addiction!

I shudder to think how potentially dangerous the buds could be if used on small kids!

Hopefully they will never be back into our house ever. I have learnt my lesson. Although I do feel the itch at times, we have managed to keep the buds far and away, thanks to the timely warning from my doctor ringing loud and clear and still echoing in my ears.

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24 thoughts on “Ear-buds are NOT exactly your buddies! – Day 3

  1. I use them. Once in a while for the kids too. But just to remove the wax that is already waiting to fall out. Doesn’t go right into the ear at all. Addiction – nah.
    I told you last time you were crazy.
    Take care dear (I almost wrote deaf) one!

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  2. oh yes, we got to know this too when we visited an ENT few months back for Chirpy… and thankfully I seldom use ear buds or any such device to clean ears, thanks to the movie “Prime” where Meryl Streep tells this 😉 (so movies do help in growing our knowledge!)

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  3. They say ear buds were never developed to clean ears. Lo! I can’t find the article, but it was about alternate uses of q-tips. I am addicted to ear buds too. I shared the addiction with my Dad. Give him a bud and he would clean every other person’s ear in the family. I do that too. Yuck, I know. The addiction had grown so much that if we couldn’t find an ear bud, we would use a hair pin. I am de-addicted now – clean for a decade, if you may. Good you recovered in time.

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  4. I too read it that wax should not be removed from the ear. I use ear buds only after my head bath..husband uses a lot, now I am going to hide them. Thanks for letting us know your experience. Btw I still use cloth to clean kids ears.

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  5. That was indeed scary. I too have an itchy ear but somehow every time I push ear bud down my ear I have a violent fit of cough, since always, and I have to give it up quickly.

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  6. I heard it from my sister-in-law about the danger of using ear buds when she fell unconscious and had to be treated asap…all becos of ear-buds !
    Sigh…stopped using them since then…
    Thank God, you were treated immediately…hugs Deeps !

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  7. Goodness me! I have read that ear buds aren’t really required so don’t really use it much, if I do, it’s more superficially, but this is downright scary. I hadn’t realized that it could result in hearing loss. *shudder*

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  8. Wow. Glad you saved yourself in time!
    I am not addicted, but I HAVE to use them once a fortnight.
    Should I rethink? It grosses me out that there might be visible wax in my ears, so I do clean once a while.

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  9. I am an ear bud addict!!! I know its wrong but….I have extra ear buds in all my bags and cupboards *covers her face* will try to de-addict my self

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  10. So glad you were saved on time & that Namnam hasn’t picked your love for the ear buds.
    I totally agree with you on the utter uselessness of creating ear buds for infants and moreso adding them to baby gift hampers.

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