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10 Tips For Looking After Your Hearing

Looking after your hearing should start at a young age. Usually, by the time someone notices that they experience hearing difficulties, it is already too late to reverse the process and it may be necessary to start wearing a hearing aid. There is still no cure for permanent hearing loss and although age related hearing loss is likely to occur at some point of every person’s life, there are a few ways to delay its onset.

Our top 10 tips to look after your hearing:

1. If you spend most of your time in a noisy environment, due to your type of work or way of life, it is good to assess the chances of suffering noise induced hearing loss in the future. A useful product that might help you do this is Tenma Digital Sound Level Meter.

2. In cases where your environment is considered potentially harmful for your hearing, remember to wear hearing protection – e.g. different types of noise suppression earplugs and domes, etc. It is good to wear them even at home during certain noisy activities, for example, while using a lawnmower.

3. Avoid listening to loud music for long periods of time, especially if you use headphones whose plugs are placed in the ear. Take them off at regular intervals and allow your ears to rest and recover from the excessive noise.

4. While enjoying your favourite water sports such as swimming, water skiing, surfing, diving, etc., it is important to protect your ears from the water and prevent it from entering into the ear canal. The use of earplugs is advisable, especially if you are susceptible to frequent ear infections.

5. Maintain good ear hygiene, but remember to clean your ears carefully and by using products that are specially designed for this purpose. It is good to remember that earwax is a natural protector of the ear and unless its amount is excessive, thickened and causing problems, it should not be removed, especially with the help of cotton buds that may damage the ear canal or eardrum.

6. If you experience ear pain or notice the symptoms of an ear infection (itching, swelling, leaking pus, etc.) go to your GP as soon as possible. Untreated infections may lead to hearing loss.

7. In cases of sudden hearing loss due to an accident or a head trauma, you should seek medical advice immediately.

8. Before taking any medications, check if they are considered ototoxic* and discuss with your GP the possible complications and their symptoms.

9. It is good to check your hearing once every year, even if you do not experience any hearing problems.

10. Try to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep your blood pressure within reasonable limits. If it is too high, it may cause pain, discomfort and ringing in the ears.

*ototoxic - having a toxic effect on the ear or its nerve supply.

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