It doesn’t matter whether you enjoy going to heavy metal concerts, you work on a construction site, or you enjoy pumping up the bass when listening to music, all of these activities can be detrimental to our hearing health. Just because we might not feel the impact straight away, over time our hearing can become less efficient because of the noise we are forcing our ears to endure. We might like it loud, but the chances are our ears don’t. Just like any other part of our body, we need to take care of our ears. Take a look at how you can protect your hearing in three simple steps.
So, they may not be the most attractive of accessories, but earplugs are vital if you work in a noisy environment for eight hours a day. You might be working in a factory, on a construction site or you might even test jet engines. These jobs can be noisy seeing the decibels within your working environment go through the roof. If you work without earplugs, your hearing will diminish over time. Instead, wear those cheap ones that are foam based. If these simply aren’t cutting it for you, go wax. They can mold to your ear canal shape and provide an effective barrier to the surrounding noise.
Check Yourself Out Regularly
If you have any inkling that your hearing might have been affected by noise, you need to get your hearing checked straight away. Perhaps you have noticed your need for the TV to be up at maximum volume to be able to hear it. Or maybe you are forever asking people to repeat what they have just said. If this is the case, learn more about the hearing test providers in your area, and book an appointment. An audiologist will give your ears and hearing a thorough check up. Hearing aids could be needed or a simple course of ear drops might suffice if you have a simple case of wax build up. Better to be safe than sorry, so get checked out.
Don’t Use Cotton Buds
Cotton buds / cotton swabs are the number one cause of ear infections, wax build up and painful ears. They are the devil in the eyes of specialist ear doctors. They see many patients who turn up at the surgery with muffled hearing only to be told that the patient used a cotton bud to try and remove wax. Don’t do it, or ever be tempted to stick anything in your ear other than your finger. (eewww) Cotton buds can lead to you impacting wax, or worse hitting the eardrum resulting in an internal injury. Instead, use warm olive oil to remove ear wax. After three or four days usage, you will find the wax falling out of your ear onto your pillow as you sleep. Your hearing will improve, and you won’t ever need to touch a cotton bud.
Our hearing is a joyous sense to have. We can listen to music, hear birds tweeting, and enjoy the sound of babies gurgling and our loved ones laughing. Don’t put your hearing at risk and follow this guide to keep your hearing healthy.
This is a collaborative post and may contain affiliate links, from which I may receive income. All opinions are, as always, my own. While I am an ACE Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer I am not a medical professional and the information provided in this post is not to be considered medical advice.