Common Ear Issues

Ears are awesome. They are wonderfully complex systems that not only help us keep our balance, but also translate sound waves into information that our brains can process. They have big jobs to do, so it's a good idea to take really good care of them.

Swimmer's Ear

One of the most common sources of external ear discomfort is caused by bacteria typically found in water and soil. Although it is mostly associated with swimming and watersports, swimmer’s ear can also develop from normal bathing or showering. Common symptoms associated with swimmer’s ear include:

  • Itchiness, irritation or discomfort of the ear canal
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Redness inside the ear
  • In advanced cases, symptoms may include severe pain; swelling in the lymph nodes, fever, or complete blockage of the ear canal

If you experience any symptoms of swimmer's ear—even if these symptoms are only mild—be sure to talk with your doctor.

Ear Infection

Viruses and bacteria that invade the middle ear can cause extreme discomfort and possibly lead to an infection. This is the part of the ear where Eustachian tubes drain to the back of the nose and when it gets blocked, fluid can build up and cause problems.

Since children are more prone to ear infections, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • Rubbing or pulling at one or both ears
  • Balance or hearing issues
  • Loss of appetite or sleeplessness
  • Fluid leaking from the ear
  • Irritability and excessive crying
  • Fever

The best way to deal with an ear infection is to see a doctor.

Earwax

Earwax is the sticky substance that protects the ears by trapping dirt and other particles before migrating to the outer part of the ear where it dries up and flakes off. Problems arise when the body either produces too much or the earwax has been pushed further into the ear.

Here are a few signs that earwax buildup may be an issue:

  • Feeling of clogged, plugged, or "full" ears
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Itching
  • Strange odor in the ears
  • Increased need to cough

Perforated Eardrums

Sometimes certain actions can cause a small hole to form in the thin membrane known as the eardrum. Most of the time, the tear will heal on its own, but occasionally perforations require surgery to avoid infections and hearing loss.

Actions that may cause the eardrum to rupture:

  • An ear infection
  • A foreign object in the ear
  • Barotrauma or altitude changes
  • A sudden loud noise like an explosion
  • An injury to the head

It's best to consult a doctor if you suspect that you have a perforated eardrum.

Unpressurized Ears

Most often people notice this issue during airplane travel, but it can happen anytime that there are rapid changes in air pressure. The sensation can feel as if your ears are blocked for a short time before "popping" and opening up.

Tricks to help with the discomfort while flying are:

  • Use a decongestant
  • Chew gum or swallow often during take off and landing
  • Take a breath and hold your nose while gently forcing air out of the Eustachian tubes
  • Give infants a bottle during takeoff and landing

Common Ear Issues

Ears are awesome. They are wonderfully complex system that not only help us keep our balance, but also translate sound waves into information that our brains can process. They have big jobs to do, so its a good idea to take really good care of them. Read more about common ear issues.

Swimmer's Ear

One of the most common sources of external ear discomfort is caused by bacteria typically found in water and soil. Although it is mostly associated with swimming and watersports, swimmer’s ear can also develop from normal bathing or showering.

Ear Infection

Viruses and bacteria that invade the middle ear can cause extreme discomfort and possibly lead to an infection. This is the part of the ear where Eustachian tubes drain to the back of the nose and when it gets blocked, fluid can build up and cause problems.

Earwax

Earwax is the sticky substance that protects the ears by trapping dirt and other particles before migrating to the outer part of the ear where it dries up and flakes off. Problems arise when the body either produces too much or the earwax has been pushed further into the ear.

Perforated Eardrums

Sometimes certain actions can cause a small hole to form in the thin membrane known as the eardrum. Most of the time, the tear will heal on its own, but occasionally perforations require surgery to avoid infections and hearing loss.

Unpressurized Ears

Most often people notice this issue during airplane travel, but it can happen anytime that there are rapid changes in air pressure. The sensation can feel as if your eyes are blocked for a short time before "popping" and opening up.

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Keep Your Ears in Check with Auro®

Our downloadable resources help you to keep your ears healthy and recognize problems if they arise.

The Q-Tip Stops Here

Inserting cotton swabs or other small objects to remove earwax or relieve an itch can sometimes push wax in deeper into the ear and cause problems.

A Whole Ball of Wax

Don't remove earwax from your ears with objects that can push it further into the ear. Use Auro® Earwax Removal Aid to help loosen and remove excess earwax.

Music to Your Ears

Loud sounds can damage the ear. Try and minimize exposure to loud noises by wearing earplugs or keeping your earbuds and headphones at a lower decibel.

Put a Cap On It!

Protect your ears during activities involving water - If you spend time in a pool, keep ears dry by using Auro-Dri® and wearing a swim cap or ear plugs.

Ears Unplugged

For those who suffer from chronic water-clogged ears, Auro-Dri® Ear Drying Aid is a safe and effective way to clear excess moisture.

Are Your Ears Burning?

Ear candling is a controversial earwax removal technique that may be dangerous. If you have trouble with earwax buildup, try a product like Auro® Earwax Removal Aid.

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Where To Buy

Auro® products are available at most major retailers. Below you will find a list.
Call your retailer to make sure the product is in stock.

  • Walmart

  • Walgreens

  • CVS

  • Rite Aid

  • Target

  • Drugstore

  • Kroger

  • Duanereade

  • Meijer

  • Publix

  • HEB

  • Harris Teeter

  • Shopko

  • Food Lion

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