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;: Child with cap

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The best protection against colds and consequently against inflammation of the middle ear is to wear a cap in the winter which covers the ears.

Acute inflammation of the middle ear is one of the most frequent illnesses that children get. Acute means it starts suddenly, is very severe but is usually over quickly as well. This kind of inflammation occurs more during the winter. Children who suffer from it usually had a cold before.
While acute middle ear inflammation is very painful, it usually heals up and is forgotten quickly provided it is treated and observed properly.

Information and ideas:
Use picture to introduce topic "Looking after the sensory organs" or the topic "Ear diseases".

Relevant for teaching:
Looking after the sensory organs
Personal health care

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Noise and concentration - for example music

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You can do homework more quickly with music on? Tests show this only applies to routine tasks. Otherwise music is more like disturbing noise.

Is music relaxing pleasure or a disturbing noise? This is a very subjective matter. Objectively the answer depends on the specific situation!

Information and ideas:
This question "Music on when doing homework?" is an evergreen. Maybe an objective answer can be reached using the criteria of concentration and effectiveness?

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defects/hearing impairment
How hearing works
Damage to the sense organs
Noise
Personal health care

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Cotton wool buds

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Cotton wool buds.

Attention when cleaning ears: Cotton wool buds must not be pushed too far into the ear canal as this can injure the eardrum.

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Use picture to start discussion on the topic of "Health care" and specifically "How to take care of ears".

Relevant for teaching:
Personal health care

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Sticking object into ear

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Do not stick objects in your ear! It can lead to eardrum injuries!

Don't stick anything in your ears! Pencils and other pointed or sharp instruments are particularly dangerous as they can very easily injure the eardrum! Even a cotton wool bud has caused serious injuries in the past, if, for example, you suddenly turn your head!

Information and ideas:
A situation that can be often observed in class. The picture can be used to introduce the subject "protection of the ear".
Possible questions:
What am I allowed to do to my ears?
What should I not do?
Why can a joke end up having serious consequences?

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defects, hearing impairment
Personal health care

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Injuries to the ear through violence

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"Ouch!" Pulling at somebody's ears not only hurts, it can be dangerous and injure the ear both internally and externally!

Do not pull hard at somebody's ears or clip anyone round the ears because that can damage the sensitive ear.

Information and ideas:
A situation that can be observed in the school playground or at a children's playground. The photo can be used to start talking about the topic of how to protect the ears.

Possible questions:
What am I allowed to do to my ears?
What should I not do?
Why can a joke end up having serious consequences?

Relevant for teaching:
Hearing defects, hearing impairment
Personal health care