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Earbuds May Increase Ear Infections

Source: Jackie Dunham, ctvnews.ca, August 12, 2021

Patients with an ear infection are advised to avoid wearing earbuds for a several weeks to allow the affected ear to heal. They may also need to take antibiotic or steroid ear drops.

TORONTO — From taking phone calls to listening in on virtual meetings, many Canadians who are using earbuds more than ever may be increasing their risk for developing ear infections.

Dr. Allon Mordel, the medical director at K Health, a medical app that uses artificial intelligence to provide users with primary care, explained that while earbuds don’t cause infections, they could contribute to their development.

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