Millions of people throughout the world suffer from hearing loss. While some symptoms of hearing loss are caused by age, others are caused by exposure to loud noises, excessive earwax, and more. It is never to early to start caring for your hearing health. Here are a few things you can do to care for your hearing.
Watch the Decibels
Sounds at high decibels can be detrimental to your hearing. Luckily, we can prevent a large amount of it. Keep earplugs or other hearing protection handy. Distance yourself from loud environments, such as construction or heavy equipment, as much as possible. Turn the volume down when listening to music or watching TV. If you’re going to a concert or a movie, get a seat a safe distance away from speakers.
Eat the Good Stuff
It’s no surprise that a healthy diet aids in keeping the whole body healthy, including your ears. Foods high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Vitamins A and C, Magnesium and Folic Acid are essential to maintaining the inner ear functions at optimal performance.
Work up a Sweat
Exercise doesn’t just keep your heart healthy. It is also an excellent part of hearing care. The increase in blood flow helps transport essential nutrients to the delicate capillaries in the outer ear, and the nerve stimulation from exercise keeps the inner ear functions. Studies have shown that those who exercise regularly lessen the chances for hearing loss.
Keep it Clean
Clean those earbuds. Dirt and oil cling to the surface of earbuds making it an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. This can lead to pesky blackheads or painful skin infections near the auditory canal.
Keep It Covered
When the winter winds blow, make sure your ears are kept warm. The outer ear is highly susceptible to heat loss and frostbite. Make sure you wear that hat or earmuffs even if you are going on short trips outdoors. Early signs include a prickling sensation, numbness, red or pale skin. Move to a warm area as soon as you notice symptoms.
Call an Expert
If you start to notice that you’re having difficulty hearing, or you’re reaching for the remote to turn up the volume a bit louder, or you’re not catching certain things in conversation, it’s time to get a screening with an audiologist. Regular visits with an audiologist are an important part of staying healthy. Baseline and subsequent screenings can help identify the signs of hearing loss in the early stages.
To learn more about what you can do to protect your hearing, contact our team today.