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Wearing earbuds regularly could cause ear infections, health professionals warn

Wireless earbuds may be practical and look cool, but they could actually cause big problems for your ears. An expert has warned that wearing earphones, such as Apple’s AirPods, could lead to smelly, itchy and often painful infections. Our ears produce wax to protect the skin of the canal, help in cleaning and lubrication, and also provide protection from dust and other foreign particles. But when this natural process is obstructed, it can lead to a build-up of wax — which is actually a combination of dirt, sweat, oil, dead skin and hair. “Anything that obstructs that natural pathway of wax out of the ears can lead to wax buildup. As with earplugs and hearing aids, earphones sit in the part of the canal where wax is produced, an ...