Ear facts – millions of Brits ‘don’t have a clue’


A story in the Daily Mirror has highlighted that almost half of the UK has suffered from an ear health condition but most don’t know the basics.


A recent study of 2,000 adults revealed how poor the UKs population ear knowledge is despite the fact that many of us have suffered from ear conditions at some point in our lives. Some of the key findings were:

  • 40% have had earache, and over a third have felt the sensation of their ears being plugged with wax
  • 35% are familiar with ringing in their ears and one in five have experienced sensitivity when sounds are too loud or distressing to them
  • Almost half could only confidently name the ear drum when asked about the anatomy of the ear, and a baffled one in six thought ‘the eartrumpet’ was a vital mechanism in their inner ear, despite being fictitious
  • One in five would consider their own knowledge on ears and ear health to be below average
  • A third of those surveyed still thought it was safe to clean your ears with cotton buds, despite the potential damage they can cause to your eardrum
  • And, one in five have never cleaned their ears before.

Commenting on the study Dr Roger Henderson, a leading GP and ear expert said: “The golden rule is that you should never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear.”

To read more, visit the story here – https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/top-ear-health-facts-brits-14219438



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