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How to Practice Good Ear Health

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It’s crucial for anyone of any age and hearing ability to practice good ear health. This ensures you will continue to hear your best for many years and never miss any of the sounds that matter to you. Practicing good ear health consists of protecting your hearing, keeping objects out of your ears, and having your hearing checked annually.

Know how to take care of your hearing now and in the future. Be proactive about your ear health and follow the tips below to keep hearing—and feeling—your best.

Wear Hearing Protection

To keep your hearing safe, it’s important to wear earplugs or custom made hearing protection whenever you are exposed to loud noise. Any noise above 80 dB (decibels) is too loud and can cause serious harm to your hearing. Whenever you attend a concert, are working with power tools, or are watching fireworks, it’s important to protect your hearing with earplugs. Learn more about the decibels of certain sounds and when a sound is too loud.

Don’t Use Cotton Swabs

Our ears are naturally self-cleaning. Cerumen (earwax) produces in the ear and works its way out naturally through the ear canal, cleansing the ear of any dirt and debris. Many people believe earwax is “dirty” or “gross” but it actually keeps your ears clean and healthy. When you try to remove earwax with a cotton swab, you are pushing the wax along with other debris further into your ear canal. Cotton swabs can also scratch the inside of your ears, causing infections and damage to the eardrum. Never use cotton swabs to clean the inside of your ears. If you suspect you have too much earwax, then see an EarQ provider so they can safely remove the earwax and help you hear clearly.

Limit Loud Music

Listening to music at loud volumes can be detrimental to your ears and hearing, especially when you listen through earbuds. To keep your hearing safe, listen to music under 80 dB, as anything over this can result in serious damage to your hearing. When you wear earbuds and listen to music too loudly, you’re at risk of rupturing your eardrum or experiencing noise-induced hearing loss. Listening to music at safe levels can help ensure you keep your ears healthy and hearing their best.

Annual Hearing Exams

Regardless of whether you have hearing loss or not, it’s important to receive annual hearing exams to ensure your hearing is healthy. Just like you go to the doctor every year for a physical, you should visit an EarQ provider regularly as well. Being proactive against hearing loss will increase your chances of protecting your hearing and overall ear health.

Practicing good ear health will keep you hearing your best all year long! Listening to music at appropriate levels, wearing earplugs when in noisy environments, and keeping foreign objects out of your ears are some of the steps you can take to keep your ears healthy. Find your local EarQ provider today and take care of your hearing health. Annual exams will ensure you continue to hear your best and that your overall health is in check.


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