Any person with hearing thresholds greater than 20 decibels is considered to have some hearing loss. In most cases, hearing loss is a manageable and preventable condition. It can become an issue if it is not treated properly due to a lack of awareness or the necessary support and resources. Although there is a good portion of the population that is hearing-impaired, we usually wait an average of seven years after noticing an issue before going to an audiologist or medical professional to help us solve the problem. Having good hearing allows us to learn, maintain contact with the world around us, talk with friends, avoid unforeseen dangers, and ultimately, enjoy a better quality of life.
Hearing loss can range from mild to profound and often causes difficulties in relationships with others and communicating in social and family gatherings, among many other inconveniences. It is important to diagnose hearing loss as soon as possible so that it is easier to tailor the ideal solutions for each individual. However, there are various measures you can take to improve and maintain your hearing health. This blog will share five essential things that you can do to improve the health of your ears. Let’s dive in!
Tips to improve your hearing health
At AudioCardio, we care about the prevention of hearing health and ear related issues. Follow these simple tips from your hearing center to keep your ears in tip-top shape.
Get your hearing checked once a year.
It’s important that we routinely have our ears checked as we age. Just like how we go to a dentist to have our teeth looked at or an optometrist for our vision, we should all make it a habit to have our ears looked at by a general physician, audiologist, or ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat) doctor at least once a year.
Don’t obsess over ear wax.
It is a natural waxy oil that keeps your ears lubricated and safe from contamination and external substances (dust, germs, bacteria, small objects). Ear wax helps keep these substances out of your ear by collecting them before pushing them out of your ear naturally. It is recommended to avoid sticking cotton swabs in your ears as that can push the ear wax deeper into your ear canal. We recommend consulting with your physician if you feel that the wax is preventing you from hearing and checking out some over the counter solutions that can help with managing your ear wax.
Avoid loud noises and environments.
Scientific studies have shown that being exposed to loud noises (sounds above 85 decibels) for an extended amount of time can cause sensorineural hearing loss and tinnitus. If you are going to be in a noisy environment, we highly recommend using some type of hearing protection for your ears.
Don’t stick foreign objects in your ears.
Do not put any object in your ears if you feel pain or discomfort. If you’re experiencing these symptoms in your ears, we highly recommend visiting your general physician, audiologist, or ENT doctor.
Monitor the volume level of your devices.
It’s a natural tendency for all of us to turn up the volume on our devices and sometimes we don’t even notice we’re doing it since it’s so habitual. As we mentioned earlier, being exposed to loud noises for a period of time can cause hearing loss. That’s why we recommend being cognizant of how loud the volume is and consider turning it down when using these devices.
Pay attention to cleanliness.
Be sure to thoroughly clean and disinfect headphones, earmolds, and other components of your hearing aids and connected devices. It’s important to make sure you don’t introduce foreign substances that can potentially irritate or harm our ears and hearing.
Be attentive to the signals of your body and environment.
Sometimes dizziness or headaches are linked to a disorder in the functioning of the ear. If you perceive issues in your hearing ability, attention, forgetfulness, or distraction, we recommend consulting with your doctor immediately. Pay attention to comments or cues from family members or friends telling you that you speak loudly or that the volume of the television and other devices are too loud.
Use AudioCardio™ for your Hearing Health
Remember that hearing well is synonymous with hearing health, so make it a priority to improve and monitor your hearing health. You can try solutions like the AudioCardio™ mobile app that delivers a data and science-backed sound therapy designed to maintain and strengthen your hearing. It hopes to help people with hearing issues by stimulating the cells inside the ear just below the audible level. It’s like physical therapy for your hearing.
AudioCardio is a technology company focused on hearing health and wellness. Learn how AudioCardio can help maintain and strengthen your hearing with your favorite headphones or hearing aids at www.audiocardio.com.