Do you share your ear buds? Think before you share! Doctors have found that ear buds are full of germs. We’ve known that listening to music at a high level can result in hearing loss. But did you know that use of ear buds can result in increased bacterial growth in the ear? Recent findings report that “Harmful bacteria was found on 92 per cent of ear swabs taken from people who regularly shared their earphones with friends, compared with only eight per cent of those who shared less frequently.” Dr Chiranjay Mukhopadhyay, who led the research, said: “It is better not to share or else to clean the earphones thoroughly before sharing.”
Yikes!! Each year as part of our back to school shopping we buy a new set of earphones that I send to school in a ziploc with their name on it so they don't need to share. You can even sometimes find them at the dollar store. Sounds like otherwise it might be a good idea to have some sanitizing wipes handy. Yuck!