Tips for protecting your hearing

Hearing loss can occur at any age and can make life difficult when it comes to socialising, performing work and so much more. Most people don’t think about their ears until they are older, by which time they have been putting up with poor hearing for many years.

The importance of a hearing check

Do you ever find yourself turning up the TV loud to the point where friends and family mention it to you or nodding along in conversations because you find them hard to follow.  These could be early signs of hearing loss. The health of your ears is just as important as any other organ. Regular hearing checks can play an important role in maintaining your hearing health. Speak to your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist today.

5 tips for protecting your hearing

Along with regular health checks, here are a few tips that may help to protect your ears and reduce the impact of hearing loss on your daily living.

Use appropriate hearing protection at work

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the only type of hearing loss that can be prevented. When a person is overexposed to excessive noise, the sensitive structures within the inner ear can be damaged.  This can result in permanent noise-induced hearing loss.  It can happen after a brief but intense sound, such as an alarm or explosion, or from regular exposure to noise over time. Based on your work environment, choose a hearing protection that is comfortable for you. National Hearing Care offers a range of earmuffs, foam buds and customised ear plugs. Your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist can also recommend ear plugs to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Turn the volume down

When using a listening device such as headphones and earphones, be mindful of the volume levels. A good practice is to set the volume when you are in a quiet environment as opposed to setting it when there is a lot of loud noise around you. Set a daily limit for using these devices.

Give your ears a break

If you are at an event playing loud music, it is recommended you step away from the source such as speakers. Go for a short walk outside the environment to give your ears an opportunity to recover.

Keep your ears dry

Having excess moisture in the ear could pose a risk of ear infection, which can affect your hearing ability. Be sure to gently towel-dry your ears after bathing and swimming. If you do sense water in the ear, tilt your head to the side and lightly tug on the ear lobe.

Stay active

While exercising, blood is pumped throughout the body including the ears. This helps the internal parts of the ear to function smoothly.

Pharmacist tips

  • Have an open conversation with your local TerryWhite Chemmart pharmacist about hearing changes you may be experiencing.
  • Avoid putting anything smaller than the size of your elbow in your ear. Cotton buds only push the ear wax deeper inside the ear and can potentially damage the internal parts.
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