Hearing management

Posted by: vanes | 2004/10/18


cleaning of ears<br>

Hey, I cleaned my boyfriends ear with an earbud and baby oil about three weeks ago. He complained that I hurt him, and the next day he said his ear was very sore. It is now three weeks later and his ear is still sore, and he says he cant keep the phone next to that ear. I'm sure I didn't push the earbud in too deeply. What could be wrong? Oh he is not on medical aid, could he get something at the pharmacy?

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Vanes

The problem is that there are a lot of possibilities for the pain in his ears. One can't treat it before we are sure what it is. The first thing i need to tell you is that it is very important to never clean the ears with earbuds. If you look at some of my previous answers to patients you will see there is a lot of good reasons why you shouldn't do it [i refer to message: "Wax in Ears"]. It is possible that you might have damaged the eardrum, but then your boyfriend would have had a severe reaction to it. It is more likely that you might have damaged the skin in the earcanal and caused an irritation or even inflamation. The last possibility is that it could be a completely seperate thing that had nothing to do with the cleaning of the ears. The first step is definitely for him to go to his GP.

Please let me know if you require any further information

Best wishes
Izabelle Pieterse

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: Hearing Care | 2004/11/01

Pleasure! Let me know if you have any further questions

Reply to Hearing Care
Posted by: vanes | 2004/10/26


Reply to vanes

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.