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Updated 20 April 2016

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Many people listen to music while they work or travel but most of us don’t know that sharing our ear phones (ear buds) could up our chances of getting sick.

Ear wax plays an important role in trapping bacteria and other germs. Thus by borrowing someone else’s ear phones, you are exposing yourself to anything that may have been trapped in their earwax.

If you use ear phones, be sure to clean them regularly and avoid sharing them with other people if you can. You can also rather use headphones as these aren't inserted into the ear.

For the latest on flu jabs and cold remedies, visit the Cold & Flu Centre.

 
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