Listening to IPod Could Raise Earache Risk: Indian Scientists

by VR Sreeraman on  January 18, 2009 at 11:12 AM Research News
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 Listening to IPod Could Raise Earache Risk: Indian Scientists
A study at Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, southwest India, has found that listening to iPod can raise the chance of getting earache.

The Indian boffins also discovered that sharing in-earphones is hazardous for health, as bacteria can get passed from one user to another.
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According to scientists, regular users of iPods and other mp3 players had higher rates of bacterial infection than those who were not regular users, reports the Telegraph.

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The study involved 50 health medical students, half who said they were regular users (Group B) of iPods and half who said they were not (Group A).

The researchers found: "Group B showed heavy growth and a significant increase in the number of bacterial growths after frequent and constant use."

Bacteria was found in the ears in 92 per cent of those who did use in-earphones regularly and 80 per cent of people who did not.

They concluded: "Frequent and constant use of earphones increases the bacterial growth in the ear."

Sharing earphones "might be a potential vector" for bacteria, they added.

In the study, researchers discovered bacteria that included types of Staphylococcus - the ones which can cause swelling in the ear and earache.

The microbiologists said: "The majority of the isolates were Staphylococcus spp. (MSCONS) which although a normal skin flora most often, could well be a pathogen if the condition is congenial. Cheaper quality [of earphones] or improper use may give rise to abrasion, leading to breakage of the skin which might be a portal of infection."

The study has been published in the Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences.

Source: ANI
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