Six Tips For Protecting Your Hearing*

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There are a couple of things that need preventative care, and your hearing is one of them. You should take care of your teeth, eyesight, and hearing as well as you can. Your general health matters too, but you can play an active role in these areas. Here are six tips for protecting your hearing.

1. Loud Noises

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If you work in a noisy environment, like live music venues or lawn mowing, for example, it is essential to know that you can suffer from irreparable damage. Noise-induced hearing damage happens over time. Most of the time, this type of hearing loss isn’t recognised until it begins to impact someone’s life. If you work in an area that is prone to loud noise, then earplugs and protective headphones are a great way to stop the full force of the loud noises getting to your ears. 

2. Checkups

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You should ensure that you have regular checkups for your hearing. It is often the case that if you want to have the best opinion, you should book directly with an ear clinic. Their specialists will be able to give you a thorough hearing exam. You can also schedule outside of regular timed appointments if you suspect there may be an issue. 

3. Turn It Down

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Many people listen to music in their headphones on too high a volume. There is a simple rule that can help you and your children learn to protect their ears from excessive noise. The 60/60 rule means you should only have your volume set to 60% of the maximum of 60 minutes. According to WHO, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are risking their ear health by having music on full volume (or very high) for extended periods. 

4. Rest

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Like everything else on your body, your ears need to rest. If you have been to a live music venue or been around loud sounds for some time, they need a few hours of rest. It is time to switch off the TV or turn some classical music on very low in the background. Avoid headphones and loudness for a while. It is recommended you rest your ears for 16 hours after a loud event. 

5. Stress

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Stress is responsible for a range of issues within the body, and this includes an impact on your hearing. Stress raises your blood pressure and may lead to permanent and temporary tinnitus. This phantom ringing in the ears can be debilitating and impact many other areas of life.  Starting a meditation practice can help manage stress and change the way you react to your environment.

6. Cotton Swabs

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Many people misuse cotton swabs as they push the swabs too far into the ear canal, causing damage. A little bit of wax in your ears is a good thing. It stops dirt and debris from travelling into the ear canal and causing other damage.  Instead of using cotton swabs, opt for a natural remedy such as coconut oil or an all-natural wax removal candle.

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Preventative action is the best thing to do when it comes to your hearing. As we age, our hearing will deteriorate, but you can maximise the years you get. 

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