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How can getting water in your ears damage your brain?

Taking a bath perfectly relaxes the body, andswimming in the pool develops physical strength and improves brain function. Only now, while in the water, all of us can get in trouble in the form of water getting into our ears. Not only that, in this case there is an unpleasant stuffiness, there is also a risk of catching any infection. To get rid of the water in our ears, we all basically just shake our heads with force in the hope that the drops will simply pop out of the ear canals. Of course, this is a very effective method of getting rid of congestion known to us since childhood, but judging by the research results published in the scientific journal Phys.Org, shaking your head can seriously damage a person’s brain.

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If you have managed to shake many times in your lifehead after the pool, do not be afraid - if you have been doing this since adolescence, nothing terrible happened to your brain. According to American scientists, the risk of brain damage when trying to get rid of moisture in the ears is only in young children. It turned out that their small diameter ear canals simply can not withstand the force that acts on a person’s head when shaking. Scientists told about this during a speech at the 72nd annual conference of the American Physical Society, which takes place from November 23 to 26 in the city of Washington, Seattle.

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How to get rid of water in the ears?

According to one of the authors of the study, AnujaBascot, in their scientific work, they set out to calculate the acceleration necessary to remove moisture from a person’s ears by shaking their heads. During several experiments, they found that water stuck in the ears of a person due to the formation of so-called surface tension. When this effect occurs, something like an invisible film forms on the surface of the liquid, which prevents the water in the ears from freely flowing out. In nature, the surface tension of water can be observed by the example of dew or raindrops lying on the leaves of plants. You probably noticed that the drops are firmly held on their surface until they evaporate or fall due to the sharp movement of the leaves.

We can say that getting water in the ears can cause damage to his brain

According to scientists, to shake moisture outhuman ears, quite a lot of acceleration is required. Thanks to the rather wide ear canals, adults can shake their heads without any fear and get rid of moisture without any problems. Only here the narrow auditory canals of children can hardly withstand the acceleration necessary to shake out the drops of water. Therefore, scientists hastened to warn that trying to get water out of the child’s ears with a shake of the head, parents could cause him irreparable harm. For example, they are very capable of damaging his brain.

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As an alternative method of getting rid ofthe water that got into the ears of the scientists recommended to drop a couple drops of alcohol into the child’s ears. In their opinion, this liquid will easily tear an invisible film and water will easily flow out of the ears. Of course, before this, it is strongly recommended that you call your doctor and consult. After all, how many contraindications can a child have - what if alcohol causes him even greater harm to his health?