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Tips to Protect Your Hearing

Protecting your hearing is something you should probably think about a little more than you currently do. It’s one of those things that we don’t really think about until there’s a problem that we can’t really ignore. If you want to avoid hearing loss and keep your hearing in good shape, we’re going to talk about some of the steps you can start taking today. So read on to find out some tips to protect your hearing.

Closeup of hand to ear for listening to something.

Stop Using Q-tips

Using Q-tips or cotton buds can be a problem if you’re not being careful. That’s why it’s a good idea to live by the general rule that you shouldn’t put them in your ears at all. You run the risk of doing damage to the ear canal and ear drum, and you might also compact the ear wax deeper into your ear rather than getting rid of it as you had intended.

Manage Your Stress Levels

We also know that stress can impact your hearing. If you’re constantly stressed out and things are overwhelming you, it can impact your health in a variety of ways. It’s up to you to manage your stress levels adequately and do what you can to stay calm and relaxed, for the good of your health and for the good of hearing health in particular.

Use Hearing Protection in Loud Environments

Using hearing protection is something that you’ll definitely want to give some thought to if you haven’t before now. When you’re in loud environments and there’s a genuine risk to your hearing, you should use ear protectors or plugs that can block out the sound to some extent. This is particularly important if you work in loud environments that you’re exposed to every day.

Get Your Ears Cleaned

Having your ears cleaned out on a regular basis is something that’s definitely worth doing. If you have ears that are blocked up with all kinds of wax, it’s going to stop you from hearing properly. And when the wax builds up over time, it can even cause longer-lasting damage. As we’ve discussed, you don’t want to use cotton buds to clean your ears; instead, let a professional take care of it properly.

Turn the Volume Down

Simply turning down the volume can make a big difference too. When you’re listening to music, for example, you don’t want to do damage to your ears just because you had the volume up too high. It’s up to you to make the most of the ideas here when you’re looking to have fun and listen to music or watch TV. You don’t want these little things to be the source of future hearing loss problems.

As you can see, there are plenty of steps you can take if you want to do a little more to protect your hearing health going forward. The more you do today to protect your hearing and look after yourself, the less likely you’ll be to have to deal with hearing loss issues later on in life.

Carola Jain

Monday 29th of August 2022

When it comes to protecting one's ears, perhaps the best method is avoiding loud sounds as much as possible. This is especially true at concerts and live events where audio is oftentimes at a high level.

OmniRunner

Saturday 27th of August 2022

All good advice, I should have taken when I was 20! I used to see how close to the stage I could get at concerts. While that was a lot of fun, it wasn't a good idea. I wear foam ear plugs when I go to a concert now and noise reducing headphones when I mow the lawn or use power tools. I've also been turning the volume down on the radio in my car. If it's a favorite song I'll turn it up. But no sense wasting my precious hearing on just any songs!