How to Keep Your Ears Safe
No one really thinks about taking care of their hearing, until something actually happens to it. Our ears are very delicate and they may be affected by things we do or environmental factors that most of us are not aware of. Let's take a look at some precautions we can take to safe guard our hearing.
Prepare for Landing
The sudden change in air pressure when a plane is landing could lead to blocking of the ear, ear pain and sometimes even a perforation in the ear drum. To equalize the pressure in the outer ear and middle ear the Eustachian tube connecting your middle ear and space behind your nose should open. Activities such as yawning, swallowing open up the Eustachian tube. Therefore chewing on something when the plane is landing could prevent possible discomfort.
Medication causes hearing loss??
Ototoxic drugs are those that have the potential to damage your hearing. One example for an ototoxic drug is Aspirin. It is best to take medication as directed by your doctor and keep your doctor aware of any unusual side effects that you may be having.
Stop using Cotton Buds!
Most of us are tempted to clean our ears with cotton buds but in reality we push the ear wax deeper in to the ear canal. This may lead to a loss of hearing. Our ears are equipped with the tools to clean itself, it has a natural process that pushes the ear wax out. Besides, a little bit of ear wax never hurt anyone, in fact it protects our ears from microorganisms, insects and dryness.
Pierce only the Lobes
It may be tempting to have ear piercings in different places but doctors recommend to pierce only the lobe because it has good blood circulation as compared to the cartilaginous parts, which enables it to fight infections effectively. If an infection gets in to the cartilaginous portion it may not leave due to this reason and may give rise to a long standing condition.
Too much sound can hurt your ears
Being exposed to high levels of sound for a long period of time can cause a significant hearing loss. This is one of the most common causes of hearing loss although it is preventable. People who are exposed to noise as a part of their vocation is more at risk however, listening to music at high volumes (concerts, MP3 players) and one time exposure to a very loud sound such as a explosion can also lead to a noise induced hearing loss. This type of loss is irreversible and can be prevented with th
Wear Ear Plugs
If your child or you swim often and spend a lot of time in pools and lakes then you are likely to develop swimmer's ear. This is a term used for an ear infection that is caused by bacteria commonly found in pools, lakes, hot tubs etc. We can prevent this from occurring by using water proof ear plugs when swimming.