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Easy Tips for Ear Health

When we think of taking care of our bodies, we typically think of eating well and maintaining a healthy weight. However, there are so many other things that go into our overall health and well-being. For instance, ear health is extraordinarily important, but not often considered. We sometimes take our ears for granted, despite the fact that they are a critical and sensitive organ. It is easy to forget to take good care of them when you do not have any problems with them. In fact, most people only think about their ears when a problem occurs.

In this article, we look at some of the measures that you can take to prevent hearing problems from rearing their ugly head. These tips may help you to have the best possible hearing health for as long as possible. 

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Have them checked out regularly

Make sure to get an annual physical that includes an assessment of your ears and hearing. If you are experiencing unexplained hearing trouble, not caused by temporary congestion from the common cold, you can book an appointment with a hearing specialist as soon as possible to find out what is wrong and initiate some audiology treatment if appropriate. Waiting to get hearing issues sorted out may lead to harm to your ears and hearing. So as soon as you begin to experience something that is not normal for you, schedule a appointment to get checked out.

Do not insert foreign objects into the ear

This one seems pretty easy, but you would be shocked at what people put in their ears to clean them if there is a wax build-up. You may have heard the saying from audiologists and physicians “Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear”. While this advice, may seem entertaining, it is essential. Placing small items, such as Q-Tips, in your ear canal can be dangerous, as it can cause irritation and even damage. Q-tips should only be used on your outer ear.

Ear Wax is Essential

Wax also builds up in the ear, and it is actually good for your ears, despite having a stigma for poor hygiene. Wax has an essential job as it provides lubrication for your ear canal and prevents water and germs from getting into your ear. When you remove wax, you are more likely to get an ear infection because your ear is more exposed. Try not to confuse congestion from a cold with wax build-up.

Keep them clean

Although it is not necessary to remove wax, you should also take measures to keep your ears clean. Not cleaning your ears can lead to infection. Do this by placing a warm, moist cloth over your ear. The heat will soften and help carry out any dirt. Then, using a clean cloth, gently wipe the outside of your ear clean. If you are concerned about the excess wax build-up, consult your doctor or hearing specialist who will advise you on the best way to proceed.

So Tell Me…

Do you pay attention to your ear health? Did you know that ear wax is a good thing for your ears? Have you ever seen an audiologist? Is a hearing exam part of your annual wellness exam?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!

 

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