Common ear problems

– [Announcer] Common
Ear Complaints edition is ready to play. – Let’s hope this is slightly
less icky than Plop Trumps! – Ha, I don’t think so,
check out this card. Earwax, it’s an eight for ickyness. (playful music) – [Narrator] Hallux’s Hearing Helpdesk. – I do hope Dr. Malleus can figure out what’s wrong with your ears soon. – You want a few beers soon? Bit early Nurse for beer! – This is hopeless! – Fancy a game of trump cards while we wait for our appointment? Look, there’s a special Hearing
Edition you can download. – Really? Gosh, so there is. “Common Ear Complaints Edition”. They really do make a pack for everything. – We had such fun with Plop
Trumps on holiday, didn’t we? – [Announcer] Common
Ear Complaints edition is ready to play. – Let’s hope this is slightly
less icky than Plop Trumps! – Ha, I don’t think so,
check out this card. Earwax, it’s an eight for ickyness. – [Announcer] Earwax is a
combination of dead skin and oil from modified sweat glands. – Eww! But look, it’s got a pretty
high score for powers. – [Announcer] Earwax is the
ear’s way of cleaning itself. Dead skin is drawn out
of the ear by the wax, which also offers protection against water and other things, such as bugs. What’s more, it can help
protect the body from germs. Even when wax becomes
stuck in the ear canal, it acts like an ear plug, blocking sounds from hitting the eardrum. If there’s too much
wax, it can be softened with wax-softening drops and flushed out or removed by a doctor or nurse. – Very interesting. Let’s see what card’s I’ve got. Here’s one, poking! – [Hallux] Chocking? – [Nanobot] Hallux! – [Hallux] Only joking. So what’s the scores on
the doors for poking? – [Announcer] Damage eight. A common cause of ear problems is that something has been
poked into the ear canal. Even a Q-Tip can cause
damage to the delicate skin and can push the earwax
into a big sticky lump. Poking things into your
ears is also a good way for germs to get stuck in your ear. – Got a good score for
avoidability that one, just keep pointy things out of your ears! – What’s next, foreign objects? Hang on, what’s wrong
with foreign objects? I love a nice French croissant. And what’s wrong with
the Statue of Liberty? That’s foreign? What’s that got to do with earholes? – It just means something that
isn’t normally found there. – [Announcer] Foreign
objects are small objects, such as beads and food, which can block sound or poke
the eardrum and cause a hole. It’s a common ear complaint
in young children. – Hmmm, low ick factor
but high for avoidability! Don’t put beads or food in your ears. Or in your nose or up your– – Alright, we get the idea Professor. Look, this ear complaint’s
got a really low score for rarity, it’s called otitis media. – Didn’t they buy Manchester
United the other year? – It’s the name of a condition silly! – And it’s meant to be very common? Doesn’t sound very common! I’ve never heard of it before in my life! – [Announcer] Otitis
Media is an ear infection that happens in your middle ear, and is the most common cause
of hearing loss in children. If you’ve ever had an earache, you’ve probably had Otitis Media. More than 85% of all children
will get this at some point. Germs from the throat and
other areas can build up and obstruct the narrow
canals inside the ear, causing pain, and hearing loss. – Sounds nasty! Although it has a good
score for curability, antibiotics, a special type of medicine, are sometimes used or
it clears up on its own. – Hey look at this one,
it’s called swimmer’s ear. Now, it’s not particularly
common, but remember, you got this hearing problem after the Scientific Swimming Gala. Maybe that’s what you have? – [Announcer] This
painful infection occurs when the ear canal remains
wet after bathing or swimming. It can cause the ear canal to swell shut, causing a temporary hearing loss. – [Doctor] Professor Hallux
to room three, please. – Looks like Doctor
Malleus is ready for us. – She’s on a bus? Well she’s going to miss our
appointment at this rate! – [Narrator] Hallux’s Hearing Helpdesk. Find out more about your ears
and hearing at

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