Original Article

IJMDC. 2020; 4(6): 960-967

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Abdulaziz Ahmed A. Alshehri, Khalid Ayed Asiri, Moshabab Saeed D. Alahmari, Haifa Hisham A. Alwabel, Yahya Dhafer Alahmari, Syed Esam Mahmood.

ABSTRACT

Background: Earwax production provides a barrier against infections and affords a defense mechanism against insects and water. Many people do not have sufficient knowledge about complications of unprofessional selfear cleaning. This study assessed the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among students of King Khalid University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Methodology: This cross-sectional study was conducted among randomly selected medical and non-medical students of King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. A structured questionnaire was used to study the demographic characteristics, knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding self-ear cleaning. Results: Out of 394 respondents, the majority (57.9%) were medical students. The mean age was 22 2.8 years with a male:female ratio of 1:1. A higher proportion (55.1%) thought that ear self-cleaning is beneficial and about three-quarters of them practiced it before. Hygiene was the most common reason for practicing ear self- cleaning (45%). About two-thirds cleaned both outside and inside of their ears. Nearly half practicing ear self-cleaning did it for more than 5 years and nearly three quarters did it occasionally. Cotton bud was the most common tool used (77.7%). The majority (75.6%) did not report any complications related to their habits. About 56% had moderate knowledge, whereas 12% had poor knowledge about ear self-cleaning. Medical students showed higher knowledge and lower ear self-cleaning practices as compared to the non-medical ones. Conclusion: The relevant courses and awareness programs about ear self-cleaning practices aiming to reduce their numbers and complications should be adopted. Further studies to assess the knowledge about ear self-cleaning practices should be conducted.

Keywords:
Ear cleaning, self, knowledge, practices, and students.


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Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Abdulaziz Ahmed A Alshehri
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Khalid Ayed Asiri
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Moshabab Saeed D Alahmari
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Haifa Hisham A Alwabel
College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Yahya Dhafer Alahmari
ENT Department, Abha Maternity and Pediatric Hospital, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Syed Esam Mahmood
Professor of Community Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Abdulaziz Ahmed A. Alshehri, College of Medicine, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia.; abdulazizalshehri.com@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 13 Mar 2020
Accepted 30 Apr 2020
Published online 20 May 2020
Published in print 25 Jun 2020

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Alshehri AAA, Asiri KA, Alahmari MSD, Alwabel HHA, Alahmari YD, Mahmood SE. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(6): 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri AAA, Asiri KA, Alahmari MSD, Alwabel HHA, Alahmari YD, Mahmood SE. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=92407 [Access: July 14, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri AAA, Asiri KA, Alahmari MSD, Alwabel HHA, Alahmari YD, Mahmood SE. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(6): 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri AAA, Asiri KA, Alahmari MSD, Alwabel HHA, Alahmari YD, Mahmood SE. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited July 14, 2020]; 4(6): 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri, A. A. A., Asiri, . K. A., Alahmari, . M. S. D., Alwabel, . H. H. A., Alahmari, . Y. D. & Mahmood, . S. E. (2020) Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (6), 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri, Abdulaziz Ahmed A., Khalid Ayed Asiri, Moshabab Saeed D. Alahmari, Haifa Hisham A. Alwabel, Yahya Dhafer Alahmari, and Syed Esam Mahmood. 2020. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (6), 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri, Abdulaziz Ahmed A., Khalid Ayed Asiri, Moshabab Saeed D. Alahmari, Haifa Hisham A. Alwabel, Yahya Dhafer Alahmari, and Syed Esam Mahmood. "Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri, Abdulaziz Ahmed A., Khalid Ayed Asiri, Moshabab Saeed D. Alahmari, Haifa Hisham A. Alwabel, Yahya Dhafer Alahmari, and Syed Esam Mahmood. "Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.6 (2020), 960-967. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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Alshehri, A. A. A., Asiri, . K. A., Alahmari, . M. S. D., Alwabel, . H. H. A., Alahmari, . Y. D. & Mahmood, . S. E. (2020) Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of self-ear cleaning among medical and nonmedical students at King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (6), 960-967. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1584110722


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