Your hearing health is essential. You may not give your ability to hear a second thought very often. However, this essential sense helps to alert you to danger and allows you to communicate with other people in your life.
If you lost your ability to hear, you wouldn’t be able to appreciate your favorite music ever again; You’ll not hear the voices of your friends and family.
To even start to lose your hearing will mean that you may start to struggle in social situations. You may miss things that people are saying. For some people, this means withdrawing.
Taking care of your hearing is vital.
Here are six ways to look after your hearing.
1. Get Your Hearing Checked
Hearing loss can affect anyone. It is not something that is just reserved for older people. If you’re finding that you have to ask people to repeat themselves a lot, or that you need the TV to be turned up to a higher than usual volume level, then you should book yourself in for a hearing test.
In a hearing test, a specialist will play you a series of sounds, and you’ll indicate which ones you can hear. They will also carry out a physical examination of your ears.
Your hearing loss may be caused by a blockage of wax, or it could be due to an underlying infection. In both of these cases, it may be possible to improve your hearing with medical help.
If your hearing loss is associated with damage to the inner workings of your ears, then you may need to get a hearing aid. Your audiologist will be able to advise you if this is the case.
2. Stop Listening To Music Loud
We all know that we shouldn’t listen to music so loud, but turning your favorite song up loud feels so good.
If you’re listening to music through headphones, there are ways that you can protect your hearing. Firstly, invest in a pair of noise-canceling headphones that will block out any external sounds. Secondly, take the advice of your device when it tells you that your volume is set above a safe level.
3. Wear Protective Earwear
There are plenty of noisy places that we may go on a frequent basis from night clubs and rock concerts through to factories and construction sites.
In all of these places, it is possible to take precautionary measures to prevent any damage to your ears.
In a concert or a night club, wear a pair of earplugs that still allow you to hear the music around you but at a more comfortable level.
If you work in construction or heavy industry, be sure you wear any protective ear muffs provided to you.
4. Keep Your Ears Dry
Do you go swimming? When water goes into your ear and doesn’t get drained out or dried, it could cause you to get an infection.
Make sure that when you get out of the swimming pool that you tilt your head from side-to-side to help drain the excess water before drying your ears with a towel.
5. Get Ear Infections Treated
If you’ve got an ear infection, you may just be tempted to ride it out and hope it clears up on its own. And, while it may do this, some ear infections can linger for longer than you realize causing problems with your ears and your hearing.
Make an appointment with your doctor and have your ear infections treated.
6. Don’t Put Things in Your Ears
Cotton buds are so handy for clearing out ear wax, but when you put one of these into your ear canal, you are running the risk of damaging your inner ear. All it would take is for you to touch the wrong part of your ear, and you could cause severe damage that could affect your hearing.
Having some ear wax in your ear is perfectly fine. Ear wax is there to stop dust from getting into your ear and causing damage. However, if you have too much ear wax, the safest way that you can remove this is with special ear wax remover.
Place a few ear drops in and allow the wax to break up an drip out. It can take repeated attempts over several days to get this type of treatment to work. If this doesn’t work, speak to your doctor, and they will drain your ear wax.
This is a collaborative post.