Wearing Earbuds Increases Bacteria in your Ears: Fact or Fiction?

Are our earbuds really THAT gross?
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Wearing Earbuds Increases Bacteria in your Ears: Fact or Fiction?

If you’re one of those people who can’t live without music and usually spend several hours a day wearing earbuds, you may need to take a closer look at them. Because there are high chances that you may wear two tiny germ colonies in your ears. 

A recent study found that personal in-ear headphones can harbor 119,186 colony-forming units. 

Uh, is that a lot?

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That equates to 6 times more bacteria than a kitchen faucet, 330 times more bacteria than can be found on a kitchen countertop, and almost 3,000 times more bacteria than can be found on a cutting board. 

So, we shouldn’t wear earbuds? 

Inserting unclean earbuds can introduce these germs into the ear canal where they can – and most likely will – flourish. To protect yourself from the bacteria, you need to sanitize your earbuds. A wipe will do: wipe them down after each use. If you see any earwax in the holes of the earbuds, use a toothpick to carefully wedge it out. 

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