Protect Hearing With These Three Tips
Those of us with good hearing take it for granted. We crank up the music volume, smirk at ear plugs and poke around in our ears with car keys and cotton swabs. We assume that just because we were born with good hearing that we’ll die with good hearing. Maybe, maybe not. One thing’s for sure, once hearing is gone it’s gone for good, so play it safe and protect hearing with these three easy tips.
Turn Down the Music
There is an old saying that’s made its way to each generation and is oft spoken to those older than ourselves – If it’s too loud, you’re too old. That saying or something similar is said to anyone who would dare to tell a teen or young adult to turn down their music volume. Truth is if the music volume is turned down it will protect hearing.
Repeated exposure to noise levels (yes loud music is considered to be noise by our ears) of over 85 decibels can cause noise-induced hearing loss. Permanent, irreversible loss of hearing. Is listening to your favorite rock star scream out song lyrics now worth not be able to hear your grandchildren say ‘I love you’ in a few years? Turn down the music and enjoy both.
Wear Ear Plugs
Anyone who is exposed regularly to loud noises, such as on the job, should be wearing ear plugs during exposure times. But even one time exposure to loud noises can permanently damage hearing. If you are going to a firing range to shoot guns, working on a home remodeling project in which you’ll be using a loud saw or a host or other one-time exposure possibilities to loud noises, wear ear plugs. Ear plugs are cheap and can be found in any big box or home improvement center.
Don’t Clean Your Ears
Don’t poke anything into your ears in an attempt to clean them. Using a cotton swab, car keys or other small object to clean wax out of ears can actually end up pushing wax deep into the ear canal and cause a earwax blockage. That buildup of wax which has been packed deep into the ear canal over time with use of cotton swabs, etc., is a common cause of hearing loss. Only clean the outside of the ear with a wash cloth and soap during normal bathing and never poke anything into your ear. If you develop a wax buildup inside the ear(s) have a medical professional remove the wax and clean the ear.