Hearing loss is an unfortunate reality for many people, but not all types of hearing loss are unavoidable. In fact, noise-induced hearing loss is 100% preventable! An estimated 26 million Americans suffer from noise-induced hearing loss that is totally preventable. To keep yourself from becoming a victim of noise-induced hearing loss, follow these steps.
Listen with Caution
Listening to music is good for your health because it can calm your nerves and reduce stress. However, listening with the volume too loud can cause bigger health problems down the road. It’s a good idea to follow the 60/60 rule: listen at 60% volume for no longer than 60 minutes. You can also invest in a good pair of headphones as opposed to earbuds. Headphones provide a better sound quality at lower volumes.
Exercise for Blood Flow
You may regularly jog, swim, or ride bike as a way of keeping your body physically fit and decreasing your risk for high cholesterol and heart disease. But did you know that exercising is good for your ears as well? Aerobic exercise improves your blood flow throughout your ears. This improves your hearing and puts you at a decreased risk of experiencing noise-induced hearing loss.
Clean Your Ears Carefully
It is ill-advised to use Q tips to clean your ears because one errant slip of the hand can result in damage to the ear drum. Rather than cleaning too deep, try using a dampened towel to wipe around the outside of the ear canal. You also don’t want to clean your ears too often; a certain amount of wax is necessary for stopping dust and other harmful particles from entering the ear canal.
Get In Touch With Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions
Clarity Audiology & Hearing Solutions is an independently-owned and operated clinic that focuses on quality of care and personalized, friendly service. Our Doctors of Audiology are highly trained with advanced degrees and take the time to provide the personalized care and attention that you need and deserve. We provide advanced hearing aid options that personally calibrated with cutting-edge digital technology to fit your hearing loss, your unique ear anatomy, and your individual listening needs. Come in for a walk-in appointment on Tuesdays & Fridays from 10:00am to 11:30am, or contact us to schedule an appointment by calling 410-698-6594 or visiting our contact page. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn for more blog posts, news, and updates!