Use of earphones during WFH causing infections: Experts

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Use of earphones during WFH causing infections: Experts

Use of earphones during WFH causing infections: Experts

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing professionals to work from home and students to attend classes online using earphones, doctors are now getting more patients with complaints of pain, irritation and infection in the ears.

According to medical experts, use of headphones and earpods for long hours in the last seven to eight months has increased such complaints. “All these complaints are directly linked to extensive use of headphones at higher volume,” Dr Shrinivas Chavan, head of the ENT department at the government-run J J Hospital in Mumbai, told PTI.

Every day, five to 10 people are turning up at the J J Hospital’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department with such complaints, he said. “Most of them are working for more than eight hours wearing headphones. This is putting a lot of stress on their ears and unsterilised earpods or ear-plugs could spread infection. Continuous listening at higher sound volume for long hours is weakening the listening ability also,” he said.

“If people do not change their habits, they could face permanent damage to their ears,” Dr Chavan warned. He said the wax inside the ear kills the bacteria naturally and prevents infection. Use of cotton buds to clean ears removes this protective wax covering and exposes the inner part of the ear to bacterial infections.

This generally leads to earaches, he said. Asked how such infections could be avoided, he said, “We have been advising people to remove earphones from time- to-time. Fresh air should go inside the ears to keep them safe.” — PTI

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Extensive usage of anything leads to issues only. Everyone should understand that.
I never use my phone to talk directly. I always use earphones only to talk and put on speaker if i watch any videos.
Till now never faced any issue. Some people put on earphones even when they are not talking then the issue rises.


Bone conduction headphones are there to avoid this issue.


No point in feeling sorry for these morons, those who keep earphone plugged in even when not needed or listen to stuffs at high volumes. You can’t feel sorry for lack of common sense.


This is probably because people dont clean earphones regularly.