Tips for Protecting Your Hearing and Ears

July 1, 2019 7:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Many of us take hearing for granted. We don’t have problems with our hearing or our ears so we rarely think about what could one day go wrong. It is easy to damage your hearing and once that happens, there is no going back. This is why it is so important to protect your hearing and ear health.

While you may be aware of some of the things that can harm your ears, there are several that you may not have thought about. Either way, we are going to give you tips for protecting your hearing. The more you know the better you will be able to keep your ears safe and healthy.

At Valley Hearing Center in California, we are passionate about ears and helping people regain their hearing by providing them with hearing aids and other devices. We will be able to help you find the best solution for your hearing loss. However, we would rather you know how to properly care for your ears and avoid hearing loss for as long as possible! In this blog, we are going to talk about how to protect your hearing and ears. Read on to learn more!

Use Earplugs

According to an article from EarQ, about 15% of Americans experience noise-induced hearing loss because of loud work environments or other loud activities. Whether you are mowing your lawn, using a chainsaw, or heading to a concert, you need to be aware of the noise levels. If the activity you are taking part in requires you to shout in order for the person next to you to hear you, then the noise is at a dangerous level.

Wearing earplugs in these situations can allow you to protect your hearing. You could even try musicians’ earplugs that are custom made to fit your ears. These ear plugs allow you to hear conversations and music while reducing the harmful sound levels. They will still produce the quality of sound but they will help to protect your ears against noises that are too loud.

You can also just buy a pack of earplugs from any convenient store that you can wear while mowing, operating heavy machinery, using a chainsaw, or doing any other activity that involves loud noises.

Turn It Down

Listening to music or other audio too loudly is also bad for your ears and hearing. The EarQ article also mentions that 1.1 billion teens and young adults use audio devices at an unsafe volume and are at a higher risk of noise-induced hearing loss. Especially if you use headphones or earbuds, you should be aware of how loudly you are listening to your music. Over-the-ear headphones are the better option since earbuds are used directly next to your eardrum.

Whichever you choose, try to implement the 60/60 rule. This rule suggests that you listen to music or other audio at a volume no higher than 60 percent for not more than 60 minutes a day. Even if you are listening to music on a speaker rather than through headphones, listening too loud can cause hearing problems and harm your ears.

Say Goodbye to Cotton Swabs

A lot of people use cotton swabs to clean their ears, but did you know that your ears are actually self-cleaning! Plus, a little bit of wax in your ears is important. The wax stops dust and other harmful particles from entering the ear canal, which protects your ear.

Another reason why you should stop using cotton swabs is because inserting anything inside your ear canal could lead to damage. There are a lot of little working parts in your ear, including your eardrum, which can become damaged if you shove the cotton swab in too far.

If you do have extra wax, you can use a damp towel to gently wipe your ears to remove it. You could also use an ear wax removal solution that softens the wax and allows it to flow out of your ear canal on its own.

Minimize Your Use of Pain Relievers

Pain relievers are okay to take from time to time but you should avoid taking them on a regular basis if possible. Using products like aspirin and ibuprofen frequently can actually lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. These medicines are what is called ototoxic, which, over time, they will literally poison your ears. By reducing the amount of these pain relievers, you will be protecting your ears.

Watch Your Diet

Your diet affects so much — from your weight to your mood to your hearing! There are a handful of different foods that can help protect your hearing, but in general, just having a diet that is healthy and nutritious can help you keep your body, ears, and mind healthy!

Keep Your Ears Dry

When there is excessive moisture in your ear canal, it can lead to bacteria which attacks the ear canal, and can lead to swimmer’s ear and other types of ear infections. In our last blog, we discussed swimmer’s ear and why swimming earplugs are important. These infections can lead to hearing loss. After you get out of the pool or shower, gently towel-dry your ears. If you feel water in your ears, tilt your head and lightly tug at your earlobe to get the water out. Whether you opt for swimming earplugs or to towel dry your ears, keeping them dry is important to keeping your ears healthy and protecting your hearing.

Start Exercising

Exercise is extremely beneficial to your overall health, that includes your hearing health. An article from Healthy Hearing mentions that a study found that a larger waist circumference and lower physical activity were associated with a greater risk of hearing loss, especially in women. Those who walked an average of two hours a week had a reduced risk of hearing loss.

It is believed the exercise increased the blood flow to the ears, which is essential to the health of the tiny hair cells in the inner ear that are responsible for translating sounds into electrical impulses that the brain translates. These hair cells do not regenerate, so keeping them healthy, protected, and alive is necessary when it comes to hearing well.

No matter what activity calls to you, just try to get up, get moving, and stay active. It will not only help your mood and health, but it will help protect your hearing!

Get Checkups

Getting regular hearing checkups can help you monitor the health of your ears and hearing. Try to see a hearing healthcare professional at least once a year to keep your hearing in check and recognize signs of hearing loss early on. The sooner you take action, the more you will be able to help protect your ears and keep your hearing from continuously fading.

We hope these tips help you learn more about your hearing and how to protect your ears against hearing loss. At Valley Hearing Center, you can schedule a free hearing test to learn more about your hearing and how to protect your ears. With four locations to choose from in Salinas, Monterey, Hollister, and King City, you can get your hearing test done in no time and start working toward better hearing and ear health. Contact us today to get started!

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