It’s important that everyone does what they can to take good care of their hearing. Hearing loss can occur from a number of different reasons, some of which are out of our control. However, noise-induced hearing loss is very common, but easily avoided.
Many of us live our lives without even thinking about our hearing health. In fact, most people don’t think about it until they start noticing symptoms in themselves or their loved ones. This is mainly due to us being “used to” loud noise on a daily basis. Whether you work in a profession where you are around noise, listen to music too loud, or simply walk near busy roads, the noise we listen to each and every day can add up overtime and become detrimental to our hearing.
At Active Hearing Health, we are one of the most trusted ear specialists of Omaha. Our clinic will help you throughout your entire hearing loss journey, as well as before, to ensure your hearing health stays in good condition. Below, we provide some ways in which anyone can protect their hearing each and every day.
Be aware of the loud noise you are around
The easiest way to better protect your ears is by staying aware of the noise you surround yourself with. Loud environments like concerts, clubs or construction sites can all reach decibels that are unsafe for hearing. If you find loud noises are unavoidable, try and limit your exposure to them as much as possible. Another solution could be to invest in a good pair of earplugs or noise canceling headphones!
Allow time for your ears to recover
If you do happen to experience prolonged exposure to loud noises, it is important to give your ears a recovery period. This can mean taking quick rest breaks while the loud noise is happening, like walking outside of a concert for five minutes or so. It can also mean taking a longer break when the activity is over and surrounding yourself with peace and quiet. This will allow your ears to adjust back to normal sounds and reduce the risk of serious damage to your long-term hearing.
Avoid using cotton swabs
Cotton swabs, or “Q-tips”, have become a common way for people to “clean their ears”. However, using cotton swabs for this purpose is dangerous and not recommended by any ear specialists of Omaha. The ear is self-cleaning and putting any device inside the ear canal for cleaning purposes can cause damage to your ear canal or even your eardrum. If you think you have an excess amount of wax or are concerned about anything, always feel free to contact any ear specialists of Omaha.
Although some hearing loss is inevitable, noise-induced hearing loss can be avoided. Be sure to use these tips to help protect your ear health and hearing each and every day.
Connect with us
Take control of your hearing and your health by making an appointment with Dr. Nikki or Dr. Noel! Contact us to learn more about our services and how we can help you or a loved one.