How to take care of your ear health

Taking care of your ear health is essential for maintaining overall well-being. If you don’t maintain your hearing health, you could face some issues down the line. So, here are some tips to help you keep your ears healthy.

General do’s and don’t’s

When it comes to taking care of your ear health, there are numerous things you can do at home to keep your ears in check. However, there are things you shouldn’t do which can seriously affect your hearing, and more often than not, the majority of people do the ‘don’ts’ without realising. So, you might be wondering, what should you do to take care of your ear health? Well, a good place to start is maintaining good overall health. This can include eating healthily, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol intake – you get the gist. Keeping up with an active and healthy lifestyle will greatly impact your hearing, and it will give you the best opportunity to hear clearer – for longer. 

If you do suffer from certain health conditions, then you can still have great hearing; as long as you manage it as best as you possibly can. Another way of taking care of your ear health is wearing earplugs or ear muffs when you’re in noisy environments. Prolonged exposure to loud noises can cause hearing loss; this is very easily avoidable, so make sure you limit the number of loud sounds that enter your ears. We understand this can be difficult in certain circumstances, however, as long as you do it more often than not, you’ll make a great difference to your ear health. 

Now, for what you’ve all been waiting for, what shouldn’t you do I hear you ask? For starters, do not insert anything into your ear canal; this includes cotton buds or your fingers. This will push the earwax deeper into the ear and cause significant damage over time. Also, you should avoid smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. This is because smoking can increase the risk of ear infections and hearing loss, so avoid it where possible! By following these do’s and don’ts, you can help protect your ears and maintain good ear health.

Furthermore, if you do wish to clean your ears (which we certainly hope you do), then you can use a damp cloth to clean the outside of your ear. But don’t put the cloth inside your ear. If you have excessive ear wax buildup, see a healthcare provider for safe ear wax removal. Aside from this and scheduling regular checkups with your local audiologist, they’re the main things you should do to take care of your hearing. 

Consider earwax removal

From time to time, you may feel like your ears are blocked up, and this is likely due to an excessive build-up of ear wax. This is quite common in many people, and fortunately, it’s easily rectified, provided you seek the help of a professional. A technique which the majority of audiologists now use to safely remove ear wax is called microsuction. This device acts as a ‘mini hoover’ that sucks all the ear wax safely out of your ear. It’s a quite remarkable piece of technology which produces fantastic results nine times out of ten. 

At first, your eyes may start watering as the body is not used to this type of equipment, but once you get past that initial hurdle you will start to relax. After both ears have been cleaned, you will naturally feel like you can hear more – and you may be pleasantly surprised by how well your hearing improves! If you like the sound of microsuction, and you would like to find out more information about it click here

As mentioned previously, don’t attempt to remove earwax at home as this can cause more harm than good.

Earwax microsuction being performed

Acquire hearing aids

If you’re already struggling with your hearing despite your best efforts to maintain good ear health, then now could be the right time for you to consider purchasing hearing aids. Hearing aids can do a lot more than improve your hearing, but improve your overall ear health significantly. You will be able to hear better in important situations such as communicating with family, friends and work colleagues and customers/clients. This advantage creates a positive domino effect as you won’t feel isolated from anyone. 

When buying hearing aids, it’s important to look past advertising and promises of ‘cheap’ and ‘easy’ solutions. This is why purchasing the right one is essential. If you are looking to buy hearing aids, then you can’t look further than us at The Hearing Specialist. We offer a free 7-day hearing aid trial so that you can test out the device in your own listening environments and at your own leisure. Improving your hearing is our top priority, and we won’t let you settle for a device that you aren’t 100% satisfied with. 

We offer 3 huge hearing aid brands to all of our customers: Signia, Bernafon and Widex. Each brand offers something different to the other, but what they do have in common is the high-quality features they contain. If you would like to learn more about each of these products, click on our most recent article here

Speak to an audiologist

Whilst there are definitely things you can do to look after your ear health at home; we would also recommend seeking advice from an audiologist if you have any concerns about your hearing. By speaking with an audiologist, they will provide you with a unique insight into your hearing, and conduct a full examination of your ear to see where your problems may lie. With this, they will be able to devise a suitable treatment plan to help you on your way to better hearing. 

Furthermore, when visiting a private audiologist, you’re receiving a higher standard of care, with a personalised service that’s tailored to you and your individual needs. At The Hearing Specialist, we can offer you unlimited, immediate aftercare so you can be sure that you’re in safe hands whenever you need it.  

Your hearing health is just as important as any other aspect of your physical and mental well-being, and it’s crucial you make it a priority!

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