5 Things You Can Do Today for Better Hearing Health
Putting a stop to hearing loss is one of our primary goals and thanks to our network of providers, we have limitless resources to the latest preventable measures. Here are some useful tips to start implementing immediately to improve the quality of your hearing health.
1. Use earplugs when exposed to loud noises
According to research, 15% of Americans have been diagnosed with noise-induced hearing loss caused by loud work and leisure environments.
Activities that include concerts, nightclubs, noisy yard work equipment, sporting events and especially environments where shouting is the only way to be heard, contain dangerous levels of sound. To help reduce the intake on your ears, consider wearing ear plugs. Your local hearing healthcare professional can provide custom fit ear plugs that protect you from damaging sounds while keeping you comfortable.
2. Stop using cotton swabs to clean your ears
For years it has always been common for individuals to clean out their ears using cotton swabs or Q-tips, but as studies and research into hearing have increased, it turns out using these swabs can be detrimental.
Science has shown that it is not only normal to have a small amount of wax in your ears, but in fact it is also necessary. Ears are self-cleaning organs, and the wax inside of them prevents dust and other harmful elements from entering the ear canal and damaging sensitive eardrums. If excess wax is a problem, cleaning around the ear with a damp towel can be a temporary solution. If problems persist, the best solution is to contact a hearing care professional who can help relieve access wax.
3. Keep your ears dry
Believe it or not, an overabundance of moisture can allow unwanted bacteria to enter the ear canal, causing swimmer’s ear and other type of ear infections that can lead to permanent hearing problems. Always gently dry excess moisture with a towel after swimming or bathing. If it feels as though water may still be in your ear, tilt your head to the side, gently tugging on the ear lobe to move water out of the ear.
Another helpful solution to avoiding excess moisture in the ear is to use custom fit swimmer’s ear plugs. These plugs can be designed to fit any age, and can greatly help reduce the risk of infection and irritation. Ask a hearing care professional for more information.
4. Allow your ears time to recover
It’s easy for individuals with sensitive hearing to know when they are in an environment with excessive noise, such as a bar or concert. Make sure to give your ears a rest, much like you would give your eyes a rest after a long period of reading. If possible, step outside for a few minutes, giving your ears a well-deserved break.
Research has shown that our ears need an average of 16 hours of quiet to recover from an event with overbearing sound.
5. Get regular checkups
Hearing screenings should absolutely be a part of an individual’s annual checkup by their healthcare provider. Hearing loss is a symptom that develops gradually. The degradation overtime should be assessed, to allow you the comfort of optimal and healthy hearing throughout the years.
It is important to act if you are diagnosed with hearing loss. Not only can hearing loss decrease the quality of one’s life, but it has also been linked to other health concerns that include heart disease, depression and even dementia.
For the sake of your ears, use our clinic locator, contact your local provider, and schedule an appointment today.