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We all know that eating a well balanced diet and exercising regularly are the keys to staying healthy, but many people are not aware that there are many ways to improve the health of the ears, and to reduce the risk of developing hearing loss in old age.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we believe that prevention is better than cure, and there are many simple measures to help keep the ears healthy throughout your life. If you have noticed a hearing loss or pain in your ears, you should visit your audiologist as soon as possible to get expert advice, and whether you already have problems with your ears or are hoping to prevent problems in the future, the following tips may help.
Healthy Ears: Our Top Tips
1. Protect against water in your ears. Water in the ears can lead to bacteria building up, which can cause ear infection, a common cause of poor ear health and hearing loss if experienced frequently. Dry your ears well after showering or swimming, and try to avoid getting water in the ears where possible. Shaking or tipping your head can help to remove water from the ears, but if you often suffer with ear infections, you may find it helps to wear earplugs to prevent water entering your ear canal when you shower or swim.
2. Turn the volume down. Listening to loud music is a big problem for the delicate hearing organs, and wearing ear buds with your music turned up to a high volume will dramatically increase your chance of developing hearing loss. As a general rule, safe listening guidelines recommend listening to music at 60% volume, for no more than 60 minutes per day.
3. Avoid cotton buds. Many people believe that cleaning their ears with cotton buds or q tips will help to keep them healthy, but this can cause damage to the delicate ear canal and the tiny hairs that pick up sound vibrations, as well as causing impacted ear wax, which can lead to hearing loss. Ears are self cleaning, and ear wax performs an essential role in protecting against bacteria, so it is important not to use cotton buds but to seek professional advice if you feel that your ears are blocked or in need of cleaning.
4. Be aware that high altitude can damage your ears. Ears can experience problems and ‘pop’ when altitude changes, due to uneven pressure. This can be very painful, especially if you already have a cold, and can occasionally lead to a ruptured ear drum or ear infection. Wrapping up well and wearing ear plugs may help to reduce the risk of developing problems if you have to fly, for example, when you have a cold.
5. Avoid exposure to dangerously loud sounds. Loud noises, such as heavy machinery and fireworks, as well as rock concerts, can cause permanent damage to hearing if regular or at extremely high volumes. If you are often in this sort of environment, you should invest in good ear defenders or noise cancelling headphones, and ensure that you are aware of and can move away from sound levels that are dangerously high.
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Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over sixty-five branches and clinics. We provide free hearing tests and our experienced team of audiologists will help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.