Can an ear injury be prevented?

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Yes, there are several steps you can take to prevent ear injuries. Don't put things in your ear canal. If you have children, teach them not to do so either. Do not place anything in your ears to clean them out and do not pound or beat your head to try to get something to come out of your ears. When flying, yawn, chew gum, or suck on candy during takeoff and landing to help decrease pressure in the ears. Avoid flying when you are congested or have a cold. Take appropriate measures when you are scuba or deep sea diving to equalize the pressure in your ears. Treat ear infections immediately; this applies to yourself and to your children. To help prevent external ear injuries, avoid sports in which blows to the ears are common, such as rugby, boxing, or wrestling.

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Ear Injury

Ear Injury

If you have an ear injury, you may experience symptoms like earache, clear or bloody discharge from the ear, or changes in or loss of hearing. Ear injuries can also cause dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. If you are injured a...

nd have severe pain in your ear or other worrisome symptoms, have your doctor examine your ear. Do not try to stick tweezers or cotton swabs in your ear to remove a lodged object as this might make the injury worse. If your ear is bleeding or wounded, wash the cut and apply a compress. Continued bleeding after 10 minutes may need to be checked out by a medical professional.
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