Four Precautions that Help Prevent Hearing Loss

Hearing is one of our most important senses so it is important for us to take care of our ears. Once your hearing is damaged, it can’t be fixed. In America, around 15 percent of our population have hearing loss due to loud work or other activities. In this article, I would like to discuss ways to help prevent hearing loss.

Headphone Volume

1.1 billion teens and young adults worldwide are at risk of noise induced hearing loss from blasting music through headphones and earphones, according to the World Health Organization. Earbuds can be dangerous because they fit directly next to the eardrum. Keep the volume around 60 percent for no more than 60 minutes, and don’t forget that any loud music presents a risk for hearing loss.

Cotton Swabs

People are usually told that using cotton swabs is the best way to clean out their ears. But did you know ear wax is good for you? The ears are self-cleaning organs, and wax stops things, such as dust, from entering your ear canal. Plus, inserting anything inside your ear canals risks damaging sensitive organs like your eardrum. Moreover, keeping your ears dry from excess moisture prevents bacteria from entering and attacking your canal. Excess moisture can also cause swimmer’s ear and other types of ear infections, which can be dangerous for your hearing.

Custom Earplugs

When you’re participating in events, which might cause ear trauma, such as concerts and field work, it is important to use earplugs. There are custom earplugs, which filter certain noises allowing a person to have conversations and hear music, while still reducing harmful sound levels.

Recovery Time

You must give your ears time to recover after they’ve been exposed to loud noise. According to Action on Hearing Loss, you need at least 16 hours of rest for your ears to recover after spending around two hours in 100dB sound. This sound would most likely best be represented by motorbikes, some cinematic films, and night clubs. Lastly, turn down the television volume. Even a small reduction in the current volume can create a difference to the risk of damage to your ears. If you need to raise your voice to be heard over the television, it might be too loud.

If you notice sudden hearing impairment, notify your doctor immediately. While it may simply be wax blockage, it may be a sign of something much more serious. If you don’t have a doctor or can’t see the doctor of your choice because of your health insurance network, then call an agent today! They’ll help you find an affordable health insurance plan that allows you to see your preferred doctor.

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