Hearing loss is on the rise in the United States.
It's estimated that almost [url=https://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-2018/hearing-loss-epidemic.html]30% of adults[/url] over the age of 50 suffer some form of hearing loss. [url=https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss]Younger people [/url]are also experiencing problems with hearing loss at an alarming rate.
Some people blame the prevalence of headphones and constant noise coming from computers and televisions. Others think it has something to do with a lack of education around hearing loss prevention.
Regardless of the cause of the problem, we're here to make sure that you know everything you need to know to protect your hearing.
If you're ready to protect one of your most important senses, read on to learn what you can do prevent hearing loss.
Hearing Loss: 5 Tips For Protecting Your Ears It only takes 85 decibels to cause hearing damage.
That number may not seem that impressive. But when you take into account that normal conversation stays at about [url=https://www.wnpr.org/post/how-your-hearing-affected-volume-and-what-damage-sounds]60 decibels[/url] and a vacuum cleaner can be 85 decibels, the situation becomes much more serious.
It's much easier to damage your hearing than most people think it is. That's why it's important for people to know the best ways to protect themselves against hearing damage.
Luckily, it's not hard to protect your hearing, even in a world filled with loud noises. If you want to protect your ears and hearing health, make sure you follow these simple tips.
Use Earplugs Avoiding loud noises is often times easier said than done.
If you work in a loud construction area, you can't avoid the noises of jackhammers and workers. If you're at a loud concert you can try to stand far away from the speakers, but you'll still hear a lot of noise.
You may not be able to avoid all of the loud noises you encounter, but you can mitigate the damage you get from them by wearing.
Earplugs are great for preventing [url=https://www.earplug-litigation.com/blog/veterans-who-say-they-lost-hearing-due-to-military-issued-earplugs-seek-damages]lost hearing[/url].
Sounds get filtered through the plug material instead of being blasted directly at the ears. Earplugs don't block out all of the sounds around you, but it makes the sound much less damaging.
Earplugs are very easy to get, even easier to use. When things start to get loud, you can just pop them in your ears and get the protection you need.
If you're interested, you could speak to a specialist and have a custom pair fitted for your ears. People that often find themselves in loud situations should consider this option so they can ensure that they have comfortable plugs.
Take Time to Recover Are you enjoying a really loud concert? Is your workplace especially noisy today?
If you can find the time and space, give yourself a little time away from all of the noise. It isn't uncommon for some people that have existing hearing problems or [url=https://www.givology.org/~jamescrown89/blog/683265/]wear hearing aids[/url] to take a noise break.
Spending non-stop hours in a very noisy environment isn't good for your ears. Give them a break and stop outside and away from the noise.
You don't have to try to do a 1:1 balance of noise and quiet. Just try to take 5 minutes or so to give your eardrums some much-needed rest.
Avoid Swabbing Ears We know that cotton swabs are the go-to tool for many people when they want to clean wax out of their ear canals. The swabs may seem like the perfect fit for your ears, but they're the last thing you should be putting in them
It's important to keep in mind that ears are self-cleaning and that a little earwax is very normal. Ear wax also plays an important role in our everyday health. It helps stop dust and other harmful particulate matter from entering the ear.
Inserting anything in your ear canals can put you at serious risk for damaging sensitive organs like your eardrum.
If you have problems with excessive wax, you can clean around the canal with a damp towel. You could also use an ear wax removing solution that can soften the wax and help it naturally flow out.
Don't be afraid to consult a doctor if you feel like your wax has become excessive. Do whatever you think is necessary, just don't use any more cotton swabs!
Take Medicine as Directed You may think that it's a good idea to take an extra dose of medicine, but that extra dose could be the cause of a serious future hearing problem.
It's possible for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like ibuprofen and aspirin can cause hearing loss.
If you take the occasional dose of Advil for a headache you don't have much to worry about. But if you take these medications long term, you should talk to your doctor about your individual risk of hearing problems.
Stay Dry Do you spend a lot of time in the pool? If you spend a lot of time in the water you need to give special consideration to your ears.
Excess moisture and water can make it easy for bacteria and enter and attack the ear canal. This is a common cause of swimmer's ear and other kinds of ear infections.
Ear infections don't automatically mean that you're going to lose your hearing, but they're certainly not good for the overall health of your ears.
After you get wet, take a little time to gently dry your ears with a towel. If you can feel the water in the ear, tilt your head to the side and tug gently on your ear lob to help the water come out.
If you're a swimmer and want to stay extra safe, you can keep your ears dry and healthy by using customized swimmers' earplugs.
Get Involved Hearing loss doesn't have to be an inevitability for people. When you have the right knowledge and take proper care of your hearing health, you can have great hearing for years to come.
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