How to Protect Your Ears & Your Hearing
It’s really important to protect your ears and your hearing throughout your life as once you’ve damaged your hearing, you’ll have to live with this for the rest of your life.
Here are a few ways that you can look after your ears and your hearing:
If you enjoy listening to music with headphones or earbuds, only do so for no more than an hour per day and at a reduced volume of around 60%. Headphones that fit over your ears are better as they don’t sit right next to your eardrums.
Loud music played through speakers is damaging too whether at home or at public social events like concerts. Other loud noises like power tools, lawnmowers and fireworks for example can all reach dangerous levels too. Always use earplugs for any activities like these.
After a loud event, remember to give your ears some time to recover too.
Lots of people use cotton wool swabs to get rid of wax from their ear canals but this is not recommended. A bit wax in your ears is completely normal and actually important too. The ears are self-cleaning and the wax is there to stop dust and other particles from entering the ear canal. When using cotton swabs, you could accidentally damage your ear drum too.
If you’re experiencing excess ear wax, there are other ways to get rid of it safely. The best option would be to contact a professional ear wax removal clinic like Auris Ear Care.
One of the best ways to look after your ears is to keep them dry as excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter the ear canal which can lead to different types of infections that can affect your hearing. Gently dry your ears with a towel after bathing and swimming and tilt your head to the side to help the water get out.
Other things that help not only your overall health but also your ears are cardio exercise and stress management. The exercise will increase the blood flow to all areas of your body, including your ears. This will help the internal parts of the ears stay healthy and working well. Stress has been linked to tinnitus so it’s important to manage stress levels for your ear health too as well as your general well-being.
Do regular hearing tests as part of your health checkups. Hearing loss can happen very gradually so regular checkups are important to spot any early signs and be able to provide treatment sooner rather than later.