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Old 14-01-19, 11:14 AM
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According to my doctor.

Ears are an open orifice. This means they are prone to bacteria. Closing off those holes allow bacteria to breed faster.

The upshot? clean your ears daily. That's about all you can do really.

https://in.news.yahoo.com/headphones...132245967.html

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Thats my point.

When you leave your ear buds on your coffee table, hallway stand, desk etc where you have them exposed to all sorts of germs spreading, they pick up everything, and then you put them in your ears. I am lucky to have a mini kitchen near my office desk with alcohol/anti bacterial solutions which I can clean them with. Then I pop them into my hard case. Not had an ear infection since I was a little lad.

Funnily though, doctors suggest not to clean them as regularly as you think. People who do that regularly as the ones who are more prone to infection. The wax after all is proven antibacterial and antifungal properties

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I've never had an infection and I'm not sure if it's just luck or because of this, but cleaning your ears is generally considered a bad thing to do for avoiding infections
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Old 14-01-19, 11:29 AM
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I've never had an infection and I'm not sure if it's just luck or because of this, but cleaning your ears is generally considered a bad thing to do for avoiding infections, earbuds as in q-tips as in sticks with little cotton buds on each end are a big causer of ear infections, and ear wax is the main thing stopping you from getting an infection(It's anti-bacterial, and should constantly flow outwards from your ear, moving all the muck & alien dirt out from your canal to the external parts of your ear), so people might think it's dirty, but honestly you shouldn't be cleaning that stuff out, not cleaning your ears/with buds is a one-two punch for avoiding infections. The external part of your ear is fine though, you can even use a baby wipe for that, just don't go sticking stuff in there and cramming the wax with all the infectious stuff further down your canal.
Since cleaning my ears every morning I have had no infections whatsoever. In fact no, I have. I got one from wearing some in ears for about 20 mins and haven't used them again. (ed they were brand new)

Try to remember that as the years go by the things we took for gospel (like lots of medical stuff) is now outdated. The article does not say that wax harvests bacteria, but rather blocking it off can cause places for it to hide.

Reading that info it's pretty clear that I had swimmer's ear. I also wear ear plugs to sleep in, so again I give them a good cleaning in the A.M.

So I can only really go by what the doctor told me and the results.

Edit. Oh yeah, possible good piece of info. I've never had it from wearing open back headphones. Sadly you can't wear those in offices.
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Old 14-01-19, 11:45 AM
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You couldn't go wrong with either tbh. Congrats on your new purchase
Thanks, they are doing wonders for me this Monday morning.

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Edit. Oh yeah, possible good piece of info. I've never had it from wearing open back headphones. Sadly you can't wear those in offices.
Yeah I prefer open backs, which is what I use at home.
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Old 14-01-19, 11:55 AM
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The info I got regarding infections was from someone in their 5th year of a medical degree quite recently, and the research surrounding it has progressed alot in the last 5 years, it's also all over the NHS website and stuff now, I agree though, there's no way a GP can keep up to date with all the research going on in the world (Literally physically impossible) so there's always a risk of outdated advice from anyone, though I think the information of using buds to clean is the part out of date from what I've found. I'm sure there's good ways to clean your ear like those little suction pumps you find and stuff but I'm quite under the perception that cotton buds are now widely lambasted as ineffective and having the potential to make things worse long term.

(For reference, I've used in-canal ear buds daily for around decade, would often share buds with friends in the earlier days, haven't cleaned the inside of my ears for about half a decade, have never had an infection. PS No I don't have waxy ears lol your ears just produce less wax after you stop cleaning them for a while)
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Old 14-01-19, 12:46 PM
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I don't think you're supposed to use the suction things either, unless you really require it. Some people are just more susceptible. I used to get them a lot when I used to swim a lot, which then gave me a small perforation and made me even more at risk to them. But IEMs hurt more than anything. For what it's worth I can use the Apply earpods fine and have been for years.
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Old 14-01-19, 01:25 PM
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Problem for me was my autism. I literally get up at 10am, drag myself in a morning drugged up stupor to my desk and then sit there until 1am or later, all the time wearing headphones. I found summer made it much worse. I would also get spots in my ears (yeah, that ain't fun either !).

So what I did was get some clearasil liquid stuff. I then squirt that into a q tip (ear bud) and make sure I clean my ears before I put the cans on. And it worked, thankfully. The down side was getting these infections, and then having to squirt vile liquid that reeked of vinegar into my ear for a week, all the time not being able to hear out of that ear and getting vertigo and literally falling over.

I also use rubbing alcohol (probably all the Clearasil stuff is any way). But yeah, summer time I wear my Grados with the big girl's knickers pads. They breathe quite well.
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Old 14-01-19, 03:41 PM
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I also use rubbing alcohol (probably all the Clearasil stuff is any way). But yeah, summer time I wear my Grados with the big girl's knickers pads. They breathe quite well.
That is actually one of the worst things you can use on skin for every day use. It doesn't clean the skin at all. It literally strips it. It removes all the natural oil in your skin destroying its own natural protection. I refer to rubbing alcohol not the clearasil. The only benefit for rare use is acne as it dries it out.

woah... we just went from "suggest wireless headphones" to "skin care". OC3D Derailed this thread like a boss
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