Ears is one of the sense organs that we take for granted because we never stop to think how life would change if we stop hearing sounds. Also, if your hearing process is damaged, it is permanent in most cases. This is why it is important to protect your ears and your entire hearing system from extremely loud noises.
Here are some hearing protection tips that will protect your hearing sense for a long time.Use earplugs
Many people, especially those who work in a loud and noisy environment like factory workers, should wear earplugs. A good rule of thumb is if you should shout at the top of your lung for the next person sitting or standing close to you to hear, then you should need earplugs.Turn down the volume of audio devices
Did you know that 1.1 billion people are at risk for hearing loss because of listening to high volumes on their audio devices?
To avoid such loud noise induced deafness, WHO recommends the 60/60 rule. According to this rule, you should listen at 60% of the volume for no more than 60 minutes in a day.
Also, it is a good idea to opt for over the ear headphones than ear buds, as the latter tends to cause more damage to your ears.
If you had been at a bar or a concert that had really loud sound, make sure to give your ears some break from any noise. Find a calm room with little to no noise and just sit back and do something that will not need your ears to work.No cotton swabs
Though cotton swabs are commonly used to clean ear wax from the ear canal, recent research shows that this may not be a good idea. First off, it is essential to have some ear wax in your canal to prevent dust and other harmful particles from entering it. More importantly, inserting such objects increases the chances of damaging sensitive organs like the ear drum.
So, keep away from those cotton swabs.Keep your ears dry
Excess moisture can cause bacteria and other germs to build up in your ears. So, make sure to keep your ears dry at all times to avoid infections. After a session of swimming or even bathing, tilt your head to one side and gently tug the ear lobes to remove excess water.