There are numerous ways you can damage your hearing, including exposure to loud noises, suffering a head injury and coming down with certain serious infections, to name just a few. Unfortunately, once your hearing is damaged, it’s most likely gone for good. And while hearing aids can help, they can only do so to a certain degree, and cannot restore your ability to hear. Hearing loss and problems are more common than you might think, which is why hearing health care professionals are constantly doing what they can to raise awareness about hearing loss.
Early detection, early diagnosis and taking swift action to find the best hearing solution for your particular needs are the keys to maintaining your ear health, no matter the degree of hearing loss you may be experiencing. Below are five hearing protection tips from our hearing center in Fairbanks, AK to help you protect your hearing and ear health:
- Wear ear protection: Always wear ear protection when spending time on a loud job site or out in a loud environment for fun. For example, wear earplugs or hearing protection earmuffs when using a lawnmower, chainsaw or rotary saw, or while attending a concert or club event. If you need to be able to hear while spending time around loud noises, try custom earplugs with filters.
- Keep the volume down: Of all age groups, teenagers and young adults are at the highest risk for noise-induced hearing loss from unsafe use of audio devices. The biggest offender is music that plays through headphones and earbuds, the latter being especially dangerous because they fit right into the eardrum. Enjoy your music through earbuds, but do it following the 60/60 rule: listen with headphones at no more than 60 percent volume for no longer than 60 minutes a day. However, whether you’re wearing earphones or not, loud music can still put you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.
- Keep your ears dry: Remove excess moisture from around and near the ear opening to keep bacteria from entering and attacking the ear canal. Bacteria in the ears can cause swimmer’s ear or other types of ear infections that can damage hearing, so be sure you gently dry your ears with a towel after swimming or bathing.
- Make time for your ears to recover: If your ears are exposed to loud noises for a prolonged period of time, you must give them time to recover. To avoid long exposure to loud noises at concerts, bars and other social events, step outside for at least five minutes if you can to let tired ears rest. On average, researchers found that your ears need close to 16 hours of quiet time to recover from just one loud night out.
- Schedule regular checkups: Hearing screenings are not typically required once you reach adulthood, unless you have an existing hearing condition. Therefore, it’s up to you to ask your primary care physician to add hearing tests to your regular medical checkups.
Take action today to prevent hearing loss! We hope you find these hearing protection tips from Northland Hearing Services, Inc. in Fairbanks, AK helpful. Reach out to us to learn more or schedule a hearing test.
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