Unlocking Ear Health: A Comprehensive Assessment of Ear Hygiene Knowledge among Himachal Pradesh's Schoolgoing Adolescents
Dr Chetna1, Dr Abishek Radhakrishnan2*, Dr Pankaj Kapoor3
1Dr Chetna, Medical Officer, Pediatrics, Dr RKGMC, Hamirpur
2Dr Abishek Radhakrishnan, Medical Officer, ENT, Dr RKGMC, Hamirpur
Dr Abishek Radhakrishnan
Abstract: Background: Ear health and hygiene are essential components of overall well-being, particularly during adolescence when individuals establish lifelong habits. Despite the critical role of ear health, there is limited research on the knowledge levels of schoolgoing adolescents in Himachal Pradesh, India. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among 400 schoolgoing adolescents in Himachal Pradesh to evaluate their knowledge of ear hygiene. A structured questionnaire covering various aspects of ear hygiene was administered via online platforms. Data analysis was performed using Epi Info V7 Software. Results: The study revealed high awareness levels among participants regarding key aspects of ear hygiene, including the purpose of earwax, factors leading to earwax buildup, and the importance of protecting ears from loud noises. Moreover, participants displayed a sound understanding of ear infection signs and prevention, as well as the risks associated with improper earwax removal. Many recognized the significance of regular check-ups with ear specialists and knew where to find reliable ear health information. Conclusion: The study underscores the promising ear hygiene knowledge among schoolgoing adolescents in Himachal Pradesh. However, targeted educational programs can address specific knowledge gaps, enhance swimmer's ear prevention, and improve tinnitus management. These efforts can contribute to better ear health practices and overall well-being in this diverse region.
Keywords: ear hygiene, adolescents, knowledge, ear health, Himachal Pradesh