Technical audiologist and Chief Executive Officer of Krispat Hearing Centre, Rev. Christian Kweetey Kweitsu has cautioned females especially against multiple ear piercings.
According to Rev. Kweitsu, the ear lobes are the only parts of the pinna which are to be perforated. This is because piercings done at the ear lobe heal quickly unlike when the ear cartilages are pierced.
“You can pierce the ear lobe. For that one, if you do the piercing, it is easy to heal and with a short time but sometimes I see some of our beautiful ladies piercing up to even the hair.
The rest of the pinna has what we call cartilage and with this cartilage sometimes when you pierce it, could be infected and give you problems and it takes a very long time for it to heal.
So if you are not careful and the sore doesn’t heal well, you attract infections and the infections can cause a lot of problems for your ear and even hearing”, he said.
Speaking on the Good Health Show with Jennifer Esi Aniwa, Rev. Kweitsu further warned the public against inserting foreign materials such as cotton buds, pen tops and feathers into the ear canal in an attempt of clean it.
This dangerous act, he said, introduces fungi into the ear.
He stated that a lot of people have damaged their ear drums by thrusting objects into the ear canal.
He explained that ear wax plays important roles in the ear such as lubricating the ear canal and protecting the ear drum.
With such essential roles, cerumen should not be taken out of the ear by individuals, rather a visit to an ear specialist at least twice in a year would be recommended.
“When dust is coming in, the cerumen kind of arrest them. When insects or foreign bodies are coming into your ear canal, the wax is there so what happens is that it with time it becomes so much and some people secrete more others do not.
So if you think that you are cleaning your ear and you take this cotton bud and you try to say you are cleaning your ear, what you are doing is that, you are packing the cerumen which has become wax.
I mean full of dust now against the against the ear drum so with time you will be packing it there until it becomes too much and then when water gets into your ears, you will feel that your ear is full or you feel that there is something there that I have to remove…naturally when become too much, they drain out. If it becomes too much then you visit an ENT who has special instruments to wash it out for you.
When it becomes too much, you visit an ear, nose and throat specialist. There is no way you should put anything into your ears” he explained.
The technical audiologist further stated that individuals should reduce the volume of the mobile phones especially when using earphones since high volumes could damage the ear drum and lead to hearing impairment.
Story by: Jennifer Esi Aniwa|universnewsroom.com