DAN Medical Frequently Asked Questions

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Hygiene: Introduction

People are aware of their ears in many ways. They take prominent place on the head, and thus aesthetic concerns sometimes compete with health concerns. Natural protection of the skin of the ear canal involves a wax, which in some cases may become a health nuisance and cause real medical issues. Some people perceive the wax as a hygiene issue and overzealously try to get rid of it. This can cause problems of its own.

Outdoors activities, especially water sports, expose ears to cold, wet and overly warm conditions, which can damage ears. There have been many proposed commercial solutions that supposedly will mitigate the risk of ear injury or damage. Unfortunately, few such products have been tested by health authorities. In this section, we will discuss aural hygiene and medications as well as earplugs (a device we do not endorse for divers) and ear ventilation tubes.

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