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Deafness: Specialist recommends regular check on ears



Dr Patrick Odumuh, an Otolaryngologist, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist at

National Hospital, Abuja, has advised Nigerians to always go for routine medical check-up of their ears to avoid deafness.

Odumuh told Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja that regular check-up could also prevent an ear ailment symptom known as tinnitus.

Otolaryngologists diagnose, manage and treat disorders of the head and neck, including the ears, nose, throat, sinuses, voice box (larynx) and other structures.

The specialist, however, said that “tinnitus is usually characterised by the perception of noise in which a person hears a cricket-like ringing or noise in one or both ears.”

He said tinnitus is also a perception of noise or ringing in the ears, and a common thing among people.

He added that “tinnitus is not an ailment in itself, but a symptom of an underlying ear problem.”

The ENT specialist said that such symptomatic signs and other ear infections, especially those caused by noise pollution,

could be detected early in the cause of medical check-up.

“The sound may be in one or both ears and it is usually accompanied by pain in the ear, which cuts across age but occurs mostly in adults and as one progresses in age.

“It is caused by accumulated ear wax, infections, continuous exposure to loud noise and age-related hearing loss.”

Odumuh warned against removing earwax frequently, noting that wax protects the ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.

He said when earwax accumulated for long, it could become hard to wash away naturally, and later result in tinnitus.

He identified other factors that could cause ear problems, which, he said, lately increased the number of patients visiting hospitals, as noise exposure from places of worship, industrial machines, generating sets, loud music and continuous use of head phones.

Odumuh, however, advised sufferers who had visited ear specialists to adhere strictly to the therapies and medications given to them.

Edited & Vetted By: Chidi Opara/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu


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