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.
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