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The ear is one of the important organs of our body managing Hearing and balance.
The ear is divided into 3 parts:
Outer Ear: Pinna and External Auditory Canal
Middle Ear: Tympanic Membrane, Malleus, Incus and Stapes
Inner Ear: Cochlea and 3 Semicircular Canals
The functioning of each part of the ear is important:
Outer Ear: Redirecting the sound toward the eardrum (Tympanic Membrane)
Middle Ear: The eardrum vibrates and moves the 3 bones of the middle ear and passes the vibrations to the inner ear fluid.
Inner Ear: The cochlear fluid moves and transmits the sound to the nerve that transfers the signal to the brain.
The 3 semicircular canals are oriented perpendicular to each other to orient our body and balance it.
The ear is important for hearing and balance. It is imperative to take care of the ears for the proper functioning of our body.
Here are 10 tips for proper ear care:
- Clean your outer ear with clean tissue or towel after the bath. Do not clean your ear with a finger/hairpin/ keys/earbuds.
- Never put sharp or pointed objects like a pencil/ball pen in the ear.
- Not all wax is injurious, wax makes a protective layer on the canal. It should only be removed if it causes hearing issues.
- Avoid exposure to loud sounds, sudden exposure to loud sounds could lead to eardrum rupture due to air force.
- Play music/ television at low volume.
- Protect your ear and head during trauma to avoid damage to your ear and brain pathways.
- Avoid a hard-blowing nose to protect the ear from respiratory infections.
- During swimming or flight insert earplugs.
- Ear piercing should be done carefully esp. if it’s on the cartilage.
- Use headphones instead of plug-ins.
The ear is a critical sense organ and I hope the tips are helpful for keeping ears healthy and safe.
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