Hearing health is really important. No one wants to experience hearing loss if they can possibly avoid doing so, and yet many of us will regularly engage in various habits that are known to be damaging to hearing health!
Of course, we don’t always know that we’re putting our hearing at risk, so we don’t always realize that we could be jeopardizing our future hearing health, which is why our audiologist has put together a list of seven habits that are damaging to hearing health.
If you do any of the following, you should probably stop if you value your ability to hear unaided.
1. Using Headphones Excessively
There is nothing inherently wrong with using headphone to listen to music or podcasts or audiobooks, but if you do it too often, and you are always listening to your audio media at very loud volumes, you could be setting yourself up for the future hearing loss.
Prolonged exposure to loud noises is one of the biggest causes of hearing loss, and, unsurprisingly, using headphones regularly has led to an increase in young people experiencing hearing loss. This is because loud noises can damage the hair cells located in your inner ears, when this happens, your ears are less able to turn sound waves into electrical signals that are interpreted by the brain as sound.
Try to cut down on your headphone use, and if you must use them, keep the volume at a safe level and take regular breaks.
2. Not Exercising
A sedentary is not just bad for your physique, it can cause a whole host of health problems like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. All of these conditions have possible links with hearing loss because they can have a negative effect on your body’s ability to pump blood. When your blood circulation is poor, it can damage your ears.
So, dust off your gym kit and take some exercise. You’ll feel better all-round for doing so, and you will be less likely to experience hearing loss in the future.
Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your body. Most people know that it significantly increases your risk of experiencing certain cancers and heart disease, but a lot of people do not realize that it can also increase your risk of hearing loss too.
According to data from the American Lung Association, smoking a single cigarette will put you in contact with over 7,000 chemicals, many of which can damage the delicate hair cells located in your inner ear, increasing your hearing loss risk significantly as you age.
Get help to give up now and your whole health will improve as a result.
4. Putting Cotton Swabs in Your Ear
It might seem like a good idea to remove waxes from your ear using a cotton swab but push too far and you could do some serious damage. If you need to clean your ears, use an audiologist recommended ear-cleaning spray instead.
5. Not Wearing Ear Defenders
If you know you are going to be exposed to loud noise, whether it is the sound of a very loud rock concert or a pneumatic drill that you use in your work, then you need to wear earplugs or some other form of ear defenders. Even a single exposure to sounds above 120 decibels (dB) can cause hearing loss and prolonged exposure to sounds over 70dB can do the same. Don’t let it happen to you.
6. Not Drying Your Ears
If your ears get wet and you do not take the time to dry them thoroughly, there is a higher chance that they will get infected. Most ear infections, when treated quickly, will not cause permanent hearing loss, but if they are infected repeatedly, that could cause problems. So, dry them thoroughly each time.
7. Not Having Regular Hearing Checks
If your hearing is fine, you might think you can skip your annual hearing checks, but if you want to take the best possible care of your hearing health, seeing an audiologist at least once a year is a good idea. If you can detect symptoms sooner rather than later, you can take action to prevent your hearing loss from deteriorating even further and that is the bottom line.
Quitting these unhealthy hearing habits will give you a much better chance of maintaining good hearing health, but if you are at all worried about hearing loss, you can speak to our friendly and helpful audiologist by calling Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology at (661) 250-6781 today.