The staff of the National Children’s Hospital in Columbus found: 263000 children under the age of 18 for the period from 1990 to 2010 were in the emergency Department because of ear injuries associated with the use of cotton sticks. That is, because q-tips children received about 12,500 injuries per year, or about 34 injuries per day, says Zee News.
73% of injuries occurred in the process of cleaning the ears with cotton swabs, a 10% while playing with sticks, 9% – when children fall with cotton buds in my ears. The most common injuries – foreign body sensation in the ear, perforation of the tympanic membrane and soft tissue damage.
Experts say the ears are usually cleaned from sulfur by themselves. Using a q-tip, the man pushes the sulphur closer to the eardrum and risk of injury. A serious injury can lead to imbalance and irreversible hearing loss.