Hearing. It is something that most of us don’t give a second thought to, and we assume that our hearing will be with us long into our old age. In fact, those without hearing difficulties tend to take this sense for granted. Your hearing is a complicated process, and if you currently don’t have hearing aids fitted or any hearing issues, then there are a few things you could be doing to take care of your hearing a bit better.
Turn it Down
This tends to be a problem with younger generations, walking around with headphones in their ears and the volume turned all the way up. The problem with that is the inner ear bud type fit snuggly next to the eardrum. If you do use headphones, switch to over-the-ear headphones. The rule of thumb is that you should only listen to music at 60% volume for a maximum of 60 minutes per day.
While you’re at a music concert or a loud bar, you don’t have any control over the loudness of the music or your surroundings, but you do have control over how long you stay in the situation for. Where possible, take 5-minute breaks and head outside or to a more quiet area. These breaks mean you’re ears aren’t taking a continual clattering of noise.
After listening to music for an extended period, loud noises at work or bars your ears actually need 16 hours of recovery time. This recovery time should include very little noise.
Millions of people have built cotton swabbing their ears into their morning routine, but you are doing more harm than good. The ears are a self-cleaning system, and the wax in the canal is incredibly essential. It helps to protect the eardrums from dirt and excess noise. If you are cleaning your ears daily, try and get into to habit of on lightly cleaning the outside with a damp towel, and leaving the rest. If you have an uncomfortable build up, head the GP to get this seen to.
Keep Them Dry
Ear infections are rife amongst people who tend to swim a lot. Infections which can be dangerous if left untreated will have a lasting impact on your hearing. If you let water sit inside the ear canal, it may block in bacteria which will attack the ear canal. Invest in either some custom fit swimmers plugs or ensure that you gently dry your ears and remove all of the liquid. Often tipping our head from one side to the other in a slow movement is enough to allow any trapped water to leak out.
Don’t Stay Still
Exercise is great for your ears. It allows the blood to pump around and helps the internal part of the ear stay healthy and working at their maximum potential. You don’t have to start running marathons, but a brisk walk or a bike ride will give you the same results. If you chose the bike option, be sure to wear a helmet.