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Comming into contact with in ear headphones?

I was required to clean earphones that stick far into your ear. Could this spread deafness or other serious ear problems? I don't wash my hands after doing this
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Earphones could be a source of contamination because they will contain earwax, and could harbor bacteria or fungus. You should wear gloves and use disinfectant.  Wash your hands after handling the earphones.  
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