Tips for Protecting Your Hearing

May 28, 2020 6:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When we’re young, we think our hearing—like the rest of our senses and cognitive abilities—will last forever. Unfortunately, once your hearing is damaged, it can’t be brought back. Caring for your hearing is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, including scheduling hearing screenings, protecting your ears and taking advantage of the high-quality hearing aids available today. Even if you already suffer from hearing loss in California, you should still take preventative measures to keep it from getting worse:

  • Keep the volume down: If you enjoy blasting music in your headphones, keep the 60/60 rule in mind: to prevent hearing loss, limit your music to 60 percent volume for only 60 minutes a day. If you’re wearing earbuds, you need to be even more careful, as earbuds are notorious for causing worse hearing damage than regular headphones.
  • Wear earplugs: Concerts, heavy machinery, lawnmowers, sirens and other loud noises are responsible for 15 percent of America’s hearing loss. Feel free to rock and roll all night, but wear earplugs to keep your hearing safe. There are musician’s earplugs available that will protect your ears without reducing sound quality.
  • Ditch the Q-tips: You know you shouldn’t be putting Q-tips into your ear canals, but you probably do it anyway, don’t you? If your earwax is a problem, see a doctor about safe removal methods that won’t damage your hearing.
  • Keep your ears dry: If you swim a lot, remember that too much water in your ears can allow bacteria and other pathogens to enter the ear canal. Make sure to let water drain out of your ears after swimming, and consider swimmer’s earplugs.
  • Ask your doctor about your medications: NSAIDs like Tylenol and ibuprofen can contribute to hearing loss. Talk to your doctor about any medications you’re taking, even over-the-counter varieties, and ask whether they think they could damage your hearing.
  • Keep your stress levels low: Tinnitus (an annoying ringing or buzzing in your ears) can be a result of too much stress and anxiety, and in some cases, it can become permanent. Be sure to find a stress-relieving practice that works for you, and use it when you feel stress coming on.
  • Get plenty of exercise: Cardio doesn’t just get your blood pumping and help you build muscle or lose weight—the increased blood flow also helps your ears stay healthy. When you’re on that last mile, motivate yourself by thinking of the hearing benefits.
  • Let your ears recover from loud environments: Did you know that you need 16 hours of quiet just to recover from one loud night out at a bar or concert? It’s true—and in addition, if you can step outside to a quieter area every hour or so, that can help a great deal.
  • Visit your doctor or audiologist for screenings: Finally, be sure to visit your doctor and/or audiologist regularly for hearing screenings.

For more preventative measures to help with hearing loss in California, call the friendly team at Valley Hearing Center – Salinas today to arrange your free screening.

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