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Is it possible to get pseudomonas dermatitis from wearing dirty ear plugs?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
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In brief: Yes

Pseudomonas sp. Are bacteria that love warm moist environments and many perfectly healthy people will grow pseudomonas from a culture taken of their ear canals, especially those with hearing aids and using ear plugs.
For noise reduction there are many cheap disposable ear plugs. Ear buds as are used as "headphones" can be easily cleaned with an alcohol swab.

In brief: Yes

Pseudomonas sp. Are bacteria that love warm moist environments and many perfectly healthy people will grow pseudomonas from a culture taken of their ear canals, especially those with hearing aids and using ear plugs.
For noise reduction there are many cheap disposable ear plugs. Ear buds as are used as "headphones" can be easily cleaned with an alcohol swab.
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