Q: Is it bad if you never clean your earbuds?
Oz Says: It's not going to kill you, but I like the way ear, nose, and throat specialist Christopher Chang, MD, puts it: "If you wear the same pair of underwear every single day without washing them, you won't necessarily get an infection... but you've got an increased possibility of it compared with someone who wears clean ones every day."
If you're prone to swimmer's ear, you'll want to be on the diligent side and wipe those earpieces down with some rubbing alcohol once or twice a month and let them dry overnight, says the Virginia-based doc. If that doesn't do the trick, you might want to switch to headphones, which don't trap bacteria-friendly moisture in your ear canals nearly as much.
This story originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.
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