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Care for Your Ears

There are many things that people take for granted when it comes to their health. Unfortunately, in many cases these things they can fail an individual slowly over time or – sadly – suddenly stop working. One of these is hearing, which is arguably the most important thing a person has alongside sight and speech. However, if you’ve seen the way that people treat their ears in recent years, there could be a much bigger problem with the standard of hearing shared by people across the country – and world.

Loud MP3 players, music festivals and high-noise working environments have brought about more hearing problems, particularly among younger people who don’t know how their behaviour could be detrimental to their future happiness. Many could, in fact, end up requiring hearing tests or even find themselves looking for hearing aids to correct something they could have prevented with a little more control.

If you’re worried about the quality of your hearing over the coming months and years, take the following tips. You never know – it may just save you both in terms of comfort and money.

  • Avoid blows to your outer ear. Many people involved with sports such as rugby, boxing or American football can easily damage their ears without the proper equipment. Make sure you wear headgear in any of these pursuits, and that it fits you well.
  • Pierce your ears carefully. If this does not go as it should, it can lead to a nasty infection that can cause permanent damage to the ear.
  • Never put anything inside your ears. Many people use cotton buds to clear the ear, but they can also push ear wax against the ear drum, causing hearing problems and further infections.
  • Avoid noisy places whenever you can, too. It’s an obvious point to make, sure, but racetracks, firing ranges, music concerts and building sites can really hurt your hearing. In these environments, consider wearing earplugs to take the edge off the noise. Otherwise, the ringing in your ears could last a lot longer than you think.
  •  Turn the volume down. Don’t keep your mp3 player cranked up all the way. This is especially important with in-ear headphones, which could cause serious hearing issues over the long term.
  •  See a GP if you have earache. Ear infections may damage the ear drum or bones that form the middle ear, resulting in hearing loss. Medication and a minor surgical procedure may be prescribed to help if you often suffer from infections.

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The information in this post is supplied by Amplifon

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  1. Isabel van Sunder says:

    My parents have hearing problems and I have to keep an eye on mine.

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