Protecting your hearing is all part of protecting your overall health. We have put together the top five to protect your hearing.
1. Limit Your Exposure to Loud Noises
Environments with loud noises vary from pleasure to work. If you are working in a noisy area like a concert or work with tools such as lawnmowers you need to protect your ears with earbuds. Earbuds reduce harmful sound levels while allowing you to have a conversation.
If you are in a noisy environment outside of work, such as a bar, remember to give your ears a rest. Step outside every 30 minutes to let them recover. Lastly, if you’re going to use headphones listen at no more than 60% volume.
2. Refrain from Using Cotton Swabs
Cotton swabs were not made for cleaning eardrums. The wax built up inside of them prevents harmful particles from entering the canal. Inserting a foreign object into your canal presents the possibility of damaging the organ.
3. Keep Your Ears Dry
Swimmers ear and other types of ear infections occur when excess moisture enters the ear canal. To drain your ears, tilt your head and slightly tug on your lobe. If you are frequently swimming, you should invest in earplugs to block water from entering the ear. An audiologist can help set you up with a custom-fit pair.
4. Include Cardio In Your Day
The added benefits of exercise are never-ending. The increased blood flow that occurs with cardio extends to your ears. Your hearing will remain healthy in tandem with the health of your entire body.
5. Schedule Regular Checkups
Hearing loss can be gradual and unexpected. Meeting with an audiologist will help assess your current hearing levels and provide solutions to maintain healthy habits.
To learn more about protecting your hearing with the help of an audiologist, contact us at (208) 367-3320 today!