Our expert says:
Using earphones won't necessarily lead to ear infections unless you use someone else's i.e. pick up germs from someone else. I think if you clean the earphones with a alcohol swab or cotton wool dipped in surgical spirits after using it, this would get rid of any possible germs that could cause infection. If you already have a chronic middle ear infection, with drainage, obviously plugging the ear with an earphone may aggravate the condition. If you are prone to otitis externa ( infection of the ear canal due to fungi or bacteria), just treating the condition properly and cleaning your earphones regularly should prevent worsening of the condition
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