Deafness/Hearing Impairment/earphone safety


Hello !thanks for service.

I wanted to ask you what is the risk of infection by briefly using internal earphones ? I used my daughters earphones for 5 mins  (she hadnt used them for a while and were sitting on a Shelf . if indeed an infection how quickly would it manifest and how serious would it be??

Thank you


It would be comparable to getting a surface skin infection on any other part of your skin.  It is not highly likely because the earphones do not go very deep into the ear canal and our skin is a protective layer against germs and bacteria.
The danger lies in if there were an abrasion or some type of open wound in the canal and there were bacteria on the earbud and they came into contact with each other, then you have the possibility of an outer ear infection from the direct use of earphones.

Thank you for your question.

Kelley Linton, AuD
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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.


I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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