Though ear care might not seem all that important, it is actually a crucial aspect of maintaining good health. But, unfortunately, many people neglect their ear care and don’t protect their hearing. In this case, awareness is crucial to understand what we can do to keep our ears healthy and our hearing as optimal as possible. Remember, do contact your doctor if you have ear changes that concern you. Here are some common dangers to ear health.
Listening to Loud Music
Listening to loud music without ear protection has been known to cause significant issues with hearing and ear health. The first thing that can happen is a declining ability to hear certain frequencies and types of sounds. This often happens to people who are exposed repeatedly over a long period of time, such as musicians. Loud music can also cause tinnitus or ringing in the ears, as well as hearing loss. Some people even experience dizziness, nausea, or balance problems after being exposed to loud music or sounds. Though this reaction is normally temporary, lingering issues should be checked out by a professional. Hopefully, you have been taking care of your ears properly and this doesn’t happen.
Not Protecting Ears in a Noisy Environment
Whether you are hanging out with friends in a loud club, working in a noisy environment, or doing home improvement projects around your house, there are some dangers to watch out for. For example, make sure you use earplugs or headphones to protect your ears from loud sounds that could damage your ears.
If you work a job where there is noise all day, such as construction or working on an assembly line, earplugs should be supplied to you by your employer. Do also make sure to care for ear protection gear properly according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Another thing to consider is if you are exposed to noise all day long, your ears will change over time, and the sound of a jackhammer may not even bother you anymore because your eardrums are weak from exposure.
Not Caring for Ears Properly
Performing proper ear care regularly is the best way to promote ear health and protect your hearing. However, many people don’t understand exactly what they should be doing (or not doing) to care for their ears. Make sure to always be gentle with your ears, especially when you clean them. Always try to keep the ears dry and free from foreign objects.
If you have too much wax, use an approved wax removal kit as opposed to shoving a cotton swab in the ear. Flushing out excess wax buildup with warm water helps keep natural secretions soft so it’s easier to control; however, doing this more than once a week can dry out the skin, further leading to discomfort all around. If a wax removal kit doesn’t work, consult your doctor for other options. Additionally, if you have ear pain or loss of hearing, they could be warning signs that the ears are clogged completely or bacteria and infection has set in.
In addition, individuals should be wary that ignoring ear health could cause other problems such as tinnitus or even Meniere’s disease. To prevent this from happening, learn more about ear care methods that benefit your health.
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