Stethoscope-associated otitis externa can be a problem for those who use a stethoscope often or for long periods of time. Whether you are a doctor, nurse or safe-cracker you need to protect yourself.
Without some active prevention you might need treatment with antibiotic drops. Gentamicin is a common antibiotic used for this. Some drops also contain a steroid and an antifungal agent such as acetic acid (vinegar).
ZenPlugs Custom Stethoscope Earpieces are an ideal prevention for stethoscope-associated otitis. They contain Steritouch. This is a silver-based antibacterial. It has been proven to kill all the bacteria known to cause ear infections and otitis externa.
They are contoured to each of your ears so are far more comfortable than standard earpieces. They spread the pressure from the arm of your stethoscope across a larger area. This reduces traumatic damage to the skin lining the ear canal. This is a common precursor of ear infections.
Another common cause is contamination of your earpieces when other people borrow your stethoscope. This won't happen with molded earpieces because they won't fit anyone else. This means they won't be able to use your stethoscope with their mucky ears.
Save yourself from ear infections with ZenPlugs Custom Stethoscope Earpieces Kit.