Updated 23 June 2015

Can you (hear) smell that?

Our ears are intricate organs that contribute to the way we experience our world, which is why we need to take good care of them. 

One thing we know for sure is never to put anything in them, and that includes ear buds to clean them.

So what if you (or a friend) noticed a foul smelling odour emitting from those lugs?

It might be innocuous, it might be serious.

It might be:

bullet icon ear wax
bullet icon  infections
bullet icon foreign object
bullet icon cholesteatoma (abnormal skin growth behind the eardrum)
bullet icon cancers and tumours


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