ENT doctors debunk 11 ear and nose myths

Otolaryngologists Erich Voigt and Jacqueline Jones debunk 11 myths about the ear and nose.
They talk about how to properly stop a nosebleed and clean your ears without Q-tips.
They also explain that earwax is good for your ears and how to protect yourself from hearing loss.

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Following is a transcript of the video.

Erich Voigt: “To stop a nosebleed, pinch the bridge of your nose and tilt your head back.”

That’s the exact opposite of what you should do.

Jackie Jones: “It’s OK to use Q-tips to clean your ears.”

Voigt: Oh, boy, yeah.

Jones: Oh, boy.

“Taping your mouth shut will stop your snoring.”

Voigt: OK, this, another one I’m ripping up. Never tape your mouth shut.

I’m Dr. Erich Voigt. I’m an otolaryngologist, head and neck surgeon. I’m an associate professor of otolaryngology at NYU Langone Health. I’ve been in practice for over 20 years.

And I am Dr. Jackie Jones. I’m an associate professor of otolaryngology at Weill Cornell Medicine, and I’ve been in practice for almost 31 years now. We are specialists in ear, nose, and throat.

Voigt: So, our field, actually the real title is otorhinolaryngology. Oto is ear, rhino is nose, larynx is laryngology.

Jones: So we sort of think of it as one continuous passage from your nose down into your lungs. So everything is interconnected.

Voigt: And today we will be debunking myths of the ear, nose, and throat.

Jones: “It’s OK to hold in your sneeze.”

Not a good idea.

Voigt: I think a small sneeze can be held in. But if you’re generating one of those big sneezes, you don’t want to hold it in. All of that pressure is going to back up into your ears, into your throat, into your lungs. Our nose is the filter of everything we’re breathing in. So you’re breathing in pollen, you’re breathing in germs, you’re breathing in particles and dust. That builds up in our mucus. And then a sneeze is the reflex to get that material out.

Jones: But sneezing is overall a good thing, ’cause you are clearing out your nose. But again …

Voigt: Cover up.

Jones: Cover up. “It’s OK to use Q-tips to clean your ears.”

Voigt: Oh, boy, yeah.

Jones: Oh, boy.

So, this is a box of cotton-tip applicators. And there is a warning on here, but, whoa, Erich, I don’t think I can see that.

Voigt: So, Jackie, I brought a magnifying glass just to demonstrate there is a warning label on there. And it says, and I quote, “Do not insert swab into ear canal.”

Jones: But see how small that is? It really should be in big, bold letters here. But we’re telling you, don’t do it.

Voigt: So, this is a plastic model of an ear. This is called the pinna, and this is the outer ear. And you can use a cotton-tip applicator to clean the outside, the little grooves you can see. Some people do have, as their wax is coming out, they can clean that outer portion. That’s OK. But you do not want …read more

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