Some believe that if the eyes are the windows to the soul (the seat of the mind), then the ears would be the door.
Awareness usually comes first from sound and sight. For instance, if you're indoors when it's raining, you would hear
it before you see it. There's no gainsaying that the ears are an important organ. As such, it is imperative that you take
care of your ears and protect yourself against hearing loss. The following tips are here to help your ears hear better.
1. MANAGE THE NOISE:
Noise contributes largely to ear impairment. Any noise that forces you to shout before someone next to you can hear you is considered unsafe. This means that noise from work environments, leisure and recreational activities, and even some household appliance like lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, blenders and hair dryers can create dangerous sound levels. What to do?
Plug Your Ears: Earplugs are easy to find and easy to use. If required, you can get a professional to customize a pair for your ears, so that the earplugs will allow you hear conversations and music at a near-normal quality, while reducing harmful sound levels as much as possible.
Keep It Down: Your rule for music listening should be 'loud is not allowed'. The World Health Organization says over a billion youth risk hearing loss due to the unsafe use of audio devices. The risk of damaged hearing depends on how loud and for how long. When using headphones, it is recommended that you listen at no more than 60% volume for a maximum of one hour. It should be lower for earbuds since they fit in close to your eardrums. Even at parties and social events, you should still keep the music at a level that makes civil conversation possible.
Rest Your Ears: You ought to allow your ears adequate recovery time if you've been exposed to loud noises for an extended period. Take short breaks from the noisy area at intervals, if you can, to rest your ears. You may need as much as 16 hours of quiet to recover from one loud night.
2. DO EAR CARE CORRECTLY:
For all you know, your best efforts to keep your ears clean may be doing more harm than good. Not taking care of the ears may impair the ability to hear. Therefore, special care should be given to the ears.
Don't Stick Cotton Swabs in the Ears: Doing this may cause damage to the eardrums. Cotton swabs are for cleaning the outer ears, not the ear canal. The ear is a self-cleaning organ; the wax produced is essential for stopping dust and harmful substances from entering the canal. In the case of excess wax, use alternatives like ear wax removal solution or gently clean around the canal with a damp towel.
Keep Your Ears Dry. This will keep the ears from getting infected as excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter and attack the ear canal. Pay extra attention to towel drying your ears after bathing or swimming.
Move More: Cardio exercises (walking, running, swimming, cycling, aerobics, etc.) get blood pumping to all parts of your body, including the ears. This helps the ears' internal parts stay healthy and working to their maximum potentially
Use Medications Carefully: Some medications may contribute to hearing loss. Use all medications only as directed.
Check Regularly: It is recommended that you get your ears tested annually by an ear care specialist. Because hearing loss develops gradually, this will help you recognize early signs of hearing loss and take action sooner.