How to protect your hearing

ming-leeIn today’s noise-polluted world, there are many chances for anyone to suffer from hearing loss. Experiencing hearing loss can take any of us by surprise. To prevent such situations, it is crucial to protect your hearing. Following are some tips and techniques that you can follow to protect against tinnitus and even improve your hearing.

Physical exercise is one of the main ways to protect your hearing. Cardio exercise (walking, jogging, and cycling) keeps the blood pumping in the body, which results in an improved flow of blood to the ears. Furthermore, you must wear a helmet while cycling because if you fall, a head injury is likely to affect your hearing in an adverse manner.

You should take a few breaks if you are surrounded by constant noise. For example, if you work in a noisy environment, make sure you step out for five to ten minutes every hour to give your ears some rest. You should follow a similar procedure if you are going to a dance club or a sports stadium.

snoring-tinnitusYou must block out unnecessary noise. Ear plugs not only drown out snoring noises when you are trying to sleep but also protect your ears from loud, damaging machinery noises (such as drill machines or lawn mowers). Comfortable and soothing ear plugs are available at any medical store or website.

Listening to loud music through earphones can be another cause of severe hearing damage. The first step should be to switch to headphones instead since they provide a better quality of sound at a lower volume. A 60-60 rule can be followed in this case. 60% of the maximum volume should be listened to for a maximum of 60 minutes. When you are listening to music in a small space such as your car or bedroom, turn down the volume slightly.

If water flows into your ears, they can be easily damaged. Therefore, it is vital to keep your ears dry at all times. Extra dampness can cause bacteria to attack the ears, so you must always dry your ears properly with a towel after a shower or swim. Tilt your head towards both sides for the extra water to slip out. You must also be careful of public pools and showers as they have different bacteria that contaminate the water and can lead to many diseases.

hearing-tinnitusCleaning the ear wax in your ears is essential. If you feel extra wax in your ears, an ear wax removal kit can be used for a few days. The solution in the kit softens the ear wax and allows it to be removed.

You must be careful about the medicines you are taking as well. If they are ototoxic (dangerous to the ears), they should be avoided unless in emergency situations. Ototoxins include diuretic, chemotherapeutic, salicylate (including aspirins) and anti-inflammatory medicines. You must take medications as they have been directed by your general physician, and the doctor must be informed about all unusual symptoms.