Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17--21

Self‑ear‑cleaning among educated young adults in Nigeria


Adedayo Olugbenga Olaosun 
 Department of Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology Unit, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo, Nigeria

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Adedayo Olugbenga Olaosun
Department of Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology Unit, College of Health Sciences, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Osogbo
Nigeria

Context: Self-ear-cleaning has been reported to be common from several hospital-based studies and it has been associated with some diseases of the ear. Aims: To determine community-based prevalence of self-ear-cleaning and its sociodemographic correlates among educated young adults in Nigeria. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional survey conducted in a National Youth Service Corps camp in Nigeria. Subjects and Methods: Semistructured questionnaires were administered on a randomly selected sample of 1280 respondents. The outcome variable was self-ear-cleaning. Independent variables were sociodemographic variables, materials used and ear-cleaning habits. Statistical Analysis Used: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 15 was utilized for univariate, bivariate, and multiple logistic regression analysis. Results: There were 1012 respondents (M: F = 1.05:1). Mean age was 25.3 (standard deviation, 2.34). Prevalence of self-ear-cleaning was 93.4%. Mean age at first cleaning was 7.6 years. Cotton buds were the most frequently used objects (in 85.1%). Prevalence was high irrespective of sociodemographic class, significantly higher among females (c 2 = 4.549, P = 0.033), those who believed the habit was beneficial (c 2 = 114.185, P < 0.001) and those whose parents and siblings practiced the habit. Significant predictive factors were self-ear-cleaning in respondent«SQ»s father [odds ratio (OR) P = 0.011) and owning cotton buds (OR = 0.192, P = 0.007). Conclusions: Self-ear-cleaning is almost universal. Most of the population is, therefore, at risk of possible harmful effects. Also, medical advice against self-ear-cleaning is not widely known. Rather, the erroneous perception that self-ear-cleaning is beneficial is common. Collaborative health education efforts targeted at families and schools and campaigns and advocacy for legislation regulating the sale of cotton buds are recommended.


How to cite this article:
Olaosun AO. Self‑ear‑cleaning among educated young adults in Nigeria.J Family Med Prim Care 2014;3:17-21


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Olaosun AO. Self‑ear‑cleaning among educated young adults in Nigeria. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Sep 22 ];3:17-21
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