Increase in headphones and airpods usage increases ear infections.


ENT specialists are seeing an increment in the number of patients walking in external ear infections caused by bacteria or fungus.


Earphones and AirPods have become mandatory accessories for those working from home or having online classes in the times of covid 19 pandemic. But such usage is triggering huge numbers of infections. A 52 year IT professional recently suffered from a bad bout of infection that took him over forty days to recover.


ENT specialists are seeing an increment in the number of patients walking in external ear infections caused by bacteria or fungus. Some of the common diseases are otitis externa. It is inflammation that is redness and swelling of the external ear canal. It is mainly associated with swimming and is often referred to as swimmers ear Because water makes the canal vulnerable to infection.


During covid times, earphones and AirPods, especially unclean ones, can cause similar inflammation. Incidents have increased due to an increased usage of these devices because of heightened phone usages while working from home. What is worse is that these incidents are recurring time and again after being subdued for a few days.

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