Our hearing is a critical sense that we rely on every day, whether or not we realize it. However, once our hearing starts to decline, we can’t naturally get it back. This is why it’s important to keep your ears healthy all the time!
1. Music Volume
In today’s day and age, you can listen to any song you want with a few taps on your smartphone or computer. However, listening to your favorite music for too long or too loud can have a lasting impact on your hearing health. A good rule of thumb for listening to music is the 60/60 rule. Keep the volume at 60%, and take a break every 60 minutes. Even though earbuds are worse as they sit directly in your ear, this rule applies to all music you listen to, whether it’s in your car or at a concert. Practicing the 60/60 rule can help preserve your ear’s health so that you can keep on listening to the artists you love.
2. Cotton Swabs
It’s a common practice for people to use cotton swabs or Q-tips to clean out their ears, but this can actually cause more bad than good. Your ears are self-cleaning organs, and the little wax that is in there helps to prevent dust and other particles from going into your ear canal. In addition, pushing Q-tips too far into your ear can damage your eardrum or one of the other many small organs in your ear. Instead, you can clean wax using a damp towel, or contact a professional if you feel like it is getting worse or causing pain.
3. Stay Active!
It is well known that exercise is good for your body, but did you know that it is good for your ears too? Exercise gets your blood flowing around your body, including your ears, which helps the internal organs function properly. Creating a routine of working out, whether it be cardio or weights, will have a positive impact on your hearing health!
4. Regular Checkups
Staying up to date on your hearing checkups is crucial to keeping your ears healthy and listening! Regularly testing your hearing, whether it is through and online hearing test or in-person, will often catch problems before you even notice it. Like many other health complications, catching problems early gives a better chance of returning back to normal!
At United Hearing Healthcare, we know the importance of taking care of your ears consistently. We offer hearing tests and evaluations, so give us a call if you’re experiencing hearing problems!