Hearing Health: Do You Know How To Care For Your Ears?

Our hearing is one of those things that while everything is fine, we take it for granted. However, once a problem with our ears occurs, it can be very tough to cope with and even result in hearing loss.  That is why it’s better to care for your ear with the tips in the post below, rather than have to seek treatment for problems after they have happened.

Do get your hearing tested regularly.

Hearing tests are often thought to be for older people and babies. However, they can be hugely useful for many of us, primarily if we are concerned with a reduction in our hearing capacity. Luckily, hearing tests aren’t too difficult to get or to go through either.

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In fact, most only require an appointment to be booked with a specialist audiologist who will play specific sounds into one, or both of your ears and test your reactions. This test can then determine if one ear is in better condition than the other, and also be used as a jumping off point for further audiological explorations. 

Don’t use a cotton bud to clean your ears.

Some folk know this one already, but still, thousands of people use cotton buds to clean their ears. Now, it’s not they aren’t effective, but the risk is just too high! The reasons that cotton buds are risky is because they are so small and it can be effortless to slip while using them and push them in further than you would like. This, in turn, can then damage the ear canal or at worst burst the eardrum, something that is incredibly painful and can cause hearing loss.

Even if this doesn’t happen, using a cotton bud to clean ears has been know to push any wax and debris further into the canal and impact it. Something that makes it so much more difficult to remove. With that in mind only use Dr. approved drops in your ears and limit your cleaning routine to washing the outer folds with warm soapy water.

Do ask your audiologist about things like tinnitus.

The thing about ear health is that because it is a specialist area for many people, they don’t know what problems to look out for. For instance, did you know that constant ringing in the ear may be a condition known as tinnitus? Luckily, it pretty easy to educate yourself about this and other ear conditions and you can even find out more about tinnitus causes, and treatments by speaking to your local audiologist or researching it online.

Don’t play your music or TV too loud.

Next, an critical care tip for looking after your ear health is to be wary of loud music. Yes, I know that AC/DC doesn’t sound the same unless you crank your stereo all the wall up to 11! However, some things like ear health are more important than rocking out to your favorite tune!

To that end, watch the level on any personal earphone your have for your music player and never exceed the yellow part of the volume display. Also, if you are attending a live music concert, you may wish to use earplugs or defenders to mute the sound, especially if you plan on getting right up at the front for a little moshing.

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The volume level on earphone is there for a reason!

Also, if you work in a noisy environment, be sure to request ear protection and regular checkups from your employer. You will usually find that it is their responsibility to provide this to help you maintain your ear health long term.

Lastly, it is most definitely worth setting volume limit on your TV remote. In fact, doing so can be useful in two ways. Firstly, because it can stop anyone turning the TV up too loud by accident, something that can cause short-term damage to your ears, as well as give you a nasty unexpected shock!

Secondly, if you find that you suddenly find that you can’t hear the TV, but you’ve been able to with no problem before, this can point to a hearing issue. Therefore having a limit on your remote can help you become aware of such as issue more quickly, something that can help you to get it sorted before it becomes too much of a problem.

Do remember that other conditions can cause hearing loss.

Last, of all, don’t forget that there are some medical conditions such as diabetes that are linked to an increase in hearing loss.

Experts theorize that the high blood pressure associated with diabetes damages the smaller blood vessels and capillaries in the inner ear, especially the cochlea and this can make diabetics much more prone to hearing loss than those without the disease. 

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What this means is that it’s important to take care of your health in the broader sense because this can impact on your hearing and ear health too.