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What increases my risk for an ear injury?

One means of increasing ear injury risk is by putting things in your ears. Obviously, you should not put sharp objects in your ears, but even cotton swabs can be dangerous. Participating in activities that cause abrupt air pressure changes (flying, deep sea diving) also increase risk, as they put pressure on the eardrum. Playing sports in which blows to the head are common (boxing, wrestling, rugby) also increases risk of ear injury.

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