Love Your Hearing

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon; let’s show some love to our hearing! Loving your hearing means more than just turning down the volume of your music and not trying to clean your ears yourself. It means treating your ears like a priority. Here are 6 things you can do to show you love your ears and care for your hearing:

 

  • Get educated about hearing loss: Learn about the anatomy of your ears and the structures that make them up. Hearing and using your ears is something that you cannot control. But you can control the damage you put them through. Figure out ways to minimize the damage. 
  • Lose the headphones: Headphones can be used with almost any activity, however, that does not mean they should be. When wearing headphones and earphones, it would be a good idea to limit the time you use them. This means not wearing them for long periods of time and giving your ears a break for at least 5-10 minutes every hour. The obvious safety protocol to take when wearing headphones is to not have the volume too loud! Regardless of what volume you have them set at, it still causes disruption to your hair cells that help you hear. 
  • Calculate the noise factor: Learn about your hearing environment. Are you around loud equipment? Do you do something that causes your ears to hurt or ring? If you do it would be a good idea to minimize you going to that area or doing that activity.
  • Limit your noise exposure: Find time in your daily routine to give your ears a break. Good places to start would be turning down your TV or music in your car.  
  • Wearing hearing protection: Make smart choices like decide to sit away from speakers or drive with your windows rolled up. For certain activities like construction, lawn mowing, or other noisy activities, invest in earplugs or sound-dampening headphones. 
  • Get an ear checkup: It is always good to have a hearing test. Even if you think you have normal hearing, it is good to have those results as a baseline. Having a baseline can help you monitor your hearing. 

One major side effect of hearing loss is that your communication ability goes down.

When you get your hearing checked and learn about your hearing loss, it is not just about you. It is also about your loved ones and everyone you communicate with. Untreated hearing loss can add tension to a relationship because you are having issues following conversations. If you or someone you know are having hearing difficulties, call your local hearing care professional or audiologist!