October 26, 2021

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ENT Doctors Debunk 11 Ear And Nose Myths | Debunked

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Otolaryngologists Erich Voigt and Jacqueline Jones debunk 11 myths about the ear and nose. They talk about how to properly stop a nosebleed, clean your ears, and protect yourself from hearing loss. They also explain that earwax is good for your ears — it has antimicrobial properties that protect the insides of your ears. In fact, over-cleaning can cause swimmer’s ear.

Voigt is the division director of general otolaryngology at NYU Langone Health. He’s been treating pediatric and geriatric patients for over 20 years and performs head and neck surgery. You can learn more about his work here: https://nyulangone.org/doctors/1851315147/erich-p-voigt

Jones is an associate professor of otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medicine and a head and neck surgeon. She treats a wide range of conditions including strep throat, sinusitis, sleep apnea, swimmer’s ear, and more. You can learn more about her work here: https://jacquelinejonesent.com/

Timecodes:
0:00 Intro
1:00 It’s OK to hold in your sneeze
1:34 It’s OK to use Q-tips to clean your ears
2:47 Bugs can’t get inside your ears
4:28 To stop a nosebleed, pinch the bridge of your nose and tilt your head back
5:30 Taping your mouth shut will stop your snoring
6:08 Only loud music causes hearing loss
7:22 Swimming causes ear infections
9:18 You should always get rid of earwax
10:05 Loss of smell is only temporary
11:42 Headphones are just as bad as earbuds for your hearing
13:14 If you have pain in your ear, you have an ear infection

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ENT Doctors Debunk 11 Ear And Nose Myths | Debunked