Ear scratching could get you deaf-says the Doctor

Cottons buds

Did you know that removing your ear wax which many people call cleaning their ears could cause deafness?

Those suffering from itchy or painful ears are advised to visit their doctor rather than try to fix the problem themselves.

A general doctor from Mulago Hospital Dr. Phenekance Bwambale says using cotton buds risks could lead to bursting the eardrum, causing bleeding and temporary hearing loss.

Dr Bwambale says in many cases the injury will heal but damage to minuscule bones deep inside the ear can cause permanent deafness.

He advises those suffering from itchy or painful ears to visit their doctor.

Story by Diane Wanyana