Perhaps this is not something you think about all the time, but you really should! I know how much I care about noise levels in my life. The ability to hear clearly is essential for many areas of life. From enjoying conversations with friends and family, through to hearing signs of danger, such as approaching traffic when you cross the street, sounds form an essential part of daily life. Hearing is one of the most precious senses, so taking care of ear health should always be a priority.
There are lots of ways that you can be proactive in maintaining your ear health, here is how you can take care of your ears and hearing:
Getting your hearing checked by a reputable audiologist is essential to understanding whether your hearing ability is at a normal level. Scheduling visits to audiologists is vital so that if your hearing test shows that your hearing is not as good as it could be, action can be taken to resolve this. Early detection of hearing loss can help to ensure that it doesn’t worsen over time.
The audiologist may recommend that you have hearing aids fitted to help improve your hearing. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 28.8 million adults in the United States could find hearing aids beneficial. So, if your audiologist recommends hearing aids to address your hearing loss, you certainly won’t be alone.
Ear wax may look unsightly, but it performs a vital role in protecting your ears. Ear wax is produced in the ear canal. This waxy substance helps to keep your ears free from dust, dirt, allergens, and other foreign substances. Ear wax naturally works its way out of the ear. However, sometimes the ear wax doesn’t manage to leave the ear, and a blockage can be created.
An ear wax blockage is usually the result of the wax build-up being unable to exit the ear as it usually would. Unfortunately, cleaning your ears in an attempt to remove the wax can sometimes cause the blockage. It is for this reason that using items such as cotton buds to clean inside your ears is not recommended.
Ear wax build-up can also occur as a result of wearing headphones and hearing aids. Wearing these devices can mean that the ear wax inside your ear becomes trapped as it cannot work its way out of the ear. You can learn more about ear wax build-up that occurs from wearing hearing aids to find out how it is treated.
Protect Your Ears
Environmental factors can have an impact on your ear health, so it is useful to be aware of this and to take steps to make sure that you are doing all that you can to protect your hearing.
Even being exposed to extremely loud noise just once can damage your hearing. Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent, depending on the extent of the damage caused to your ears. Try to reduce noise in the first place, but if this isn’t possible, it is worth getting some earplugs or ear defenders to protect your hearing.
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