5 Top Tips for Protecting your Hearing
Many people think hearing loss is inevitable once you reach a certain age, but there are things you can do to help protect your hearing to help reduce your risk of experiencing hearing loss in later life.
Here are some small changes you can make that can have a big impact.
Keep it low
Around 20% of the UK population suffer with some form of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) but despite the misconceptions, it is preventable. Continued exposure to noise above 85 decibels can cause long-term damage – this is the equivalent of the noise produced by heavy traffic on a motorway. This noise level can cause tinnitus or high-frequency hearing loss.
Turn the volume down, whether it be in your car, your headphones or stereo, and if you’re exposed to loud noises at work, we strongly recommend wearing ear defenders to help protect your hearing.
Don’t put cotton buds in your ears
You may think it’s harmless, but using cotton buds to clean your ears can actually damage the tiny hairs in your ear canal, which are designed to do exactly what you’re attempting to do with the cotton buds.
Our ears naturally get rid of dirt and wax, so there’s no need to attempt to remove it yourself. Although in 5% of cases, ear wax can reach an abnormal level. If you think this is occurring, then we advise you to visit your local THCP hearing care professional.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
From the foods we eat, the exercise we partake in, our mental health and even smoking can all affect our hearing.
Regular exercise and healthy foods such as fish, bananas, broccoli and dark chocolate can all help towards keeping your ears healthy, along with regular exercise helping to improve blood flow to the ears. Stress is one of the leading causes of tinnitus; managing your levels of stress has been proven to reduce the actual awareness of tinnitus symptoms, making it easier to live with.
Keep your ears dry
Water can sometimes carry certain bacteria, and if it gets in our ears, it can put us at risk of developing an ear infection, in particular – swimmer’s ear.
Swimmer’s ear is a possibility no matter how frequently you’re exposed to water. It’s one of the most common preventable ear infections. One easy way to stop it occurring is by getting fitted with some custom-made ear plugs to wear when swimming.
Regular hearing assessments
The best way to protect your hearing is to have it checked regularly. The more you attend regular hearing tests, the earlier any abnormalities can be detected.
11 million people in the UK live with hearing loss but it takes 10 years on average for a person to address a hearing condition.
Get your hearing checked regularly and you’ll have a better chance of addressing any problems and preventing hearing loss in the future.
Book an appointment today
If you have any concerns about the health of your ears or your hearing ability, get in touch with The Hearing Care Partnership to book an appointment and discuss your queries.