We don’t have to reiterate how important our ears are, right? Unfortunately, a lot of people do not have an idea on how they should properly take care of it. Truth be told, taking care of our ears doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. This post will actually provide you with practical tips to ensure a healthy pair of ears.
How do you take care of your ears?
Don’t underestimate the power of earplugs
If you are working in a loud environment, do not abuse your ears by not wearing plugs. It’s not hard to buy earplugs and you can actually purchase it online. Here are some of our personal recommendations.
- Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs
- Flents Quiet Contour Earplugs
Both of these products are affordable leaving you no excuse from now on.
Don’t get used to listening to sounds in full volume
Most of us are guilty of turning the volume in full blast when listening to songs. But just in case you don’t know, it can damage your hearing – and in most cases, that’s permanent. According to experts, we should follow a 60-60 rule. This means that you should only use 60% of the volume and listen for not more than 60 minutes.
In addition, when you are hosting a social event, don’t blast your volume to the point that your guests will have to shout in order to be heard. Of course, the case is different if you are at a concert.
Give your ears a break
Let’s just say that you attended a rock concert, make sure to rest your ears for the next day. According to studies, it will take 16 hours for our ears to recover after a night of loud music.
Make sure that your ears are dry
To prevent bacteria from entering your ears, make sure that it is always dry. Not doing so might cause a number of infections and it can affect your hearing.
Try not to use cotton buds or swabs
Yes, you read that right. And we were surprised when we heard this the first time as well. However, it is not advisable to clean your ears with buds or swabs. Generally, we shouldn’t put anything in our ear. If you are grossed out with ear wax, then here’s a little something for you. Our ears need that ‘yucky’ wax and it serves as its protection. If you want to maintain clean ears, you can use a damp towel and gently clear the outer area of the ear.
Keep an active lifestyle
Exercising is good for the entire body – including the ears. If you run or do cardio exercises, you are improving your blood circulation and this is beneficial to your hearing senses as well.
Never self medicate
Never self medicate. There are a lot of medications that might cause damages to your ears. If you want to take meds, make sure that it is under the supervision of your physician.
Go and see a doctor regularly
It is advisable that you go see a doctor and have them assess your hearing. Bear in mind that hear loss might develop gradually. Going on a regular checkup every year is strongly recommended.