Last time readers were learning about the safe ways to clean outer ear wounds. Today, we are continuing this informative series. In Part Two, our returning readers will learn about the proper way to clean outer ear wounds and how Orlando ENT Hearing Center can prevent further hearing loss.

What to do next:

Before the adult rinses off the wounded external ear, pressure must first be applied to stop the bleeding. Avoid excessive pressure. Just apply a light amount of pressure to the cut to stop the bleeding.

Unnecessary force will actually create worse possible for the child’s hearing. Remember to wash your hands before cleaning a wound. After the adult has run the wounded area under room temperature water for several minutes, avoiding water entering the era canal, an antiseptic lotion or cream can be applied depending on the area.

Keep in mind, very minimal amounts of product should be used near ears. It is very important to consult your ENT before using any products you have never used before on or near ears. However, when there is a minor cut, it is likely you are permitted to use such products, but to be sure, confirm with a quick call to Orlando ENT Hearing Center.

Depending on the age of the affected person, the area may be covered with an adhesive bandage or gauze pad. Always change dressing in a timely manner. This step is usually not needed unless the children or adult will be likely to dirty the area following the initial incident.

Long term care:

Make sure to check on the wound or cut daily. On small children, the wound should heal quickly. However, if an elderly family member was cut, it may take longer for the wound to close. In these cases, it is safest to bring in the patient for a quick assessment.

Ear infection can be very painful, but for those that do not communicate as effectively as you and I, it may present further complications. As we have stated in past blogs, ear infections can worsen hearing loss. We always want to preserve hearing, especially in those that have very minimal hearing presently.

Elderly and external ear wounds:

If an elderly loved one has an external ear wound, check if they wear hearing aids. If they do wear hearing  aids, be sure to thoroughly check them for any sharp edges. Also, you may bring them in to the office to be carefully inspected.

Remember to always call our office with any questions regarding hearing, hearing aids, or ear wounds or blows.

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