Your sense of hearing helps keep you connected with your loved ones and the world around you. In order to preserve it, it’s important to take measures to keep your ears healthy. We review some tips below.
Clean Your Ears Safely
Your earwax has the important job of trapping dirt and debris, preventing it from entering the ears. However, some find it unsightly. While there’s nothing wrong with cleaning your ears, many do so in an unsafe manner by sticking cotton swabs, hair pins or other pointy objects into the ears. Instead, you can use eardrops to soften the wax and then let the shower water irrigate your ear canals to clean them out.
If you have impacted earwax due to improper cleaning or overproduction of wax, then you’ll want to see an audiologist or ENT at Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center to get your ears professionally cleaned.
Wear Hearing Protection
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 1 billion young adults are at risk of permanent, avoidable hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices.
When attending a show at Backbeat Music Parlor, sporting event, fireworks show or other noisy activity, you should always wear hearing protection. You can purchase disposable foam earplugs or inexpensive earmuffs, or you can invest in custom specialty earplugs from Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center for maximum comfort and protection.
In addition, when listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks through headphones or earbuds, you should follow the 60/60 rule: listen at no more than 60% of the device’s maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes at a time.
Get Regular Hearing Screenings
A hearing screening is a quick, painless way to uncover whether you’re at risk of hearing loss or not. Most screenings consist of a list of questions that you answer, such as:
- Do you have trouble hearing over the phone?
- Do you hear better in one ear than the other?
- Do you have trouble following conversations in background noise?
- Do you strain to understand what people are saying?
- Do you frequently ask people to repeat what they said?
- Do people complain you turn up the TV too loud?
- Do people seem to mumble all the time?
- Do you experience dizziness or tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should schedule a comprehensive hearing test with the experts at Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Aaron's Hearing Aid & Audiology Center today.