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Listen up! 7 tips for healthy ears.

Overall health is important and often times we may overlook the ears -- so listen up! Dr. Linda McCafferty with Middle Tennessee Medical Group has some important tips for keeping your ears healthy this summer and all year round.

  • Clean your ears with extra care. Wipe the outer ear with a washcloth or tissue. Do not put anything into your ear smaller than your elbow. Do not use Q-tips, bobby pins or sharp pointed objects to clean your ears. These objects may injure the ear canal or eardrum.
  • Earwax is the ear's mechanism for self-cleaning. If you have a build-up of wax that is blocking your hearing, see your doctor to have it removed.
  • If you experience itching or pain in your ears, consult with your primary care physician to determine the appropriate treatment and to determine if you need to see a specialist.
  • If you have pierced ears, clean your earrings and earlobes regularly with rubbing alcohol.
  • When outdoors in sunny weather, remember to use a sunscreen on your ears.
  • If you notice unusual bumps or scaly areas on the exterior ear, consult your physician.
  • See an ear doctor immediately if you injure your ears, experience ear pain, or notice changes in your ears or hearing. 
To schedule an appointment with Dr. McCafferty, visit http://www.middletnmedicalgroup.com/ or call 615-895-3233.
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