HEALTHY EARS, HAPPY HEARING: TOP TIPS

Healthy Living 2024-03-19 1,548 8

Our ears are important for hearing and for augmenting our beauty, especially for women thus caring for your ears is very important. Hearing loss can be gradual and sudden in some cases, so here are ways to care for your ears:

• Studies have shown that teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss as a result of the unsafe use of audio devices. Follow the 60/60 rule which suggests you listen with headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day if you like to enjoy music through headphones or earbuds. Earbuds are especially dangerous, as they fit directly next to the eardrum. If possible, opt for over-the-ear headphones. Don't forget that any loud music, not just music played through headphones, presents a risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

• The common use of cotton swabs to clean wax out of the ear canal is not advisable. A little bit of wax in your ears is not only normal, but it’s also important. The ears are self-cleaning organs, and wax stops dust and other harmful particles from entering the canal. Plus inserting anything inside your ear canals could risk damaging sensitive organs like your eardrum. If you have excess wax, you can clean around the canal with a damp towel—gently. You could also use an ear wax removal solution for a few nights. This softens the wax so that it will eventually flow out on its own.

• Excess moisture can allow bacteria to enter and attack the ear canal. This can cause some types of ear infections, which can be dangerous for your hearing ability. Ensure you gently towel-dry your ears after bathing or swimming. If you can feel the water in the ear, tilt your head to the side and tug lightly on the ear lobe to coax the water out.

• Exercise is also good for your ears. Cardio exercises like walking, running, or cycling gets the blood pumping to all parts of your body, including the ears. This helps the ears’ internal parts stay healthy and work to their maximum potential. Make sure to stay safe! When cycling, always wear a helmet. If you fall and hit your head, a concussion can harm your hearing.

• Stress and anxiety have been linked to both temporary and permanent tinnitus (a phantom ringing in the ears). High levels of stress cause your body to go into fight or flight mode, which is an instinctual reaction that fills your body with adrenaline to help you either fight or flee from danger. This process puts a lot of pressure on your nerves, blood flow, body heat, and more. It's commonly thought that this pressure and stress can travel up into your inner ear and contribute to tinnitus symptoms.

     

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