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Tips to Protect your Hearing

Tips to Protect your Hearing

No one wants to suffer from hearing loss but, unfortunately, many people fail to take the proper steps throughout their lives to avoid this condition. Instead of finding yourself with failing hearing later in life, take the necessary steps now to avoid future health problems.

Use earplugs
One of the easiest ways to help prevent hearing loss is by investing in some low cost, but effective. Before you go to your next concert or sporting event, pack a pair of earplugs to protect your sensitive ears from loud noises. If possible, take breaks from the noise itself. This allows your ears the chance to rest and recharge themselves.

Turn down your music
Music is great, but should be listened to at an appropriate volume. This is especially important if you’re listening to music through ear buds or headphones. If the person next to you can hear the music even though you’re wearing headphones, then it is too loud. Similarly, if you can’t hear what the person next to you is saying, then chances are the music is too loud. Music is often listened to for a long period of time, so it’s important to make sure it’s at a volume that won’t damage your sensitive ears.

Employ the 60-60 rule
Basically, when listening to music via ear buds or headphones, you should keep the volume set at 60%. Then, music should be listened to for a maximum of 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, take a quiet break before listening to more music. Most MP3 devices have the ability to set your volume to 60%, so have a look through your settings to discover this function.

Choose headphones
While earbuds have become the norm, they can do more damage to your hearing than headphones do. This is because ear buds sit inside your ear and focus all of the sound directly towards your ear drum. Headphones, on the other hand, give you a bit of space between sound waves and your ear drums. If possible, choose noise-canceling headphones so that you don’t have to turn the volume up to drown out background noise.

Lower your TV volume
Lowering the volume on your TV even one level can help to prevent hearing loss. If you watch a lot of TV, be especially aware of how loud it gets and if possible, lower the volume. The same goes if you listen to the radio a lot. You should be able to carry on a conversation over the volume of your TV. If you have to raise your voice then it is too loud.

Be aware at work
Most workplaces should be aware of noise safety, but if you feel like your hearing is not being adequately protected at your place of work, be sure to speak to someone immediately. Proper safety gear should be used if you work around loud noises and frequent breaks should be allowed so as to rest your sensitive ears.

Protecting your ears doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Your ability to hear is an important one to communicate and connect with others; make sure to take the above precautions when around loud sounds. If you’ve got more questions about ear protection or think you may already have suffered some damage to your hearing, schedule an appointment with a hearing care provider in your area to discuss concerns!

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-10-29

Earwax Removal and the Audiologist

Earwax Removal and the Audiologist

Healthy ears produce earwax. It’s normal and actually beneficial for a number of reasons.

Earwax is produced by the body to keep the ears lubricated, to protect the skin in the ear canals and as an antibacterial and antifungal barrier to harmful debris entering the ear. It’s produced in the ear canal and works its way outwards to the end of the canal. Everyone produces earwax. Some people produce more than others. If earwax doesn’t properly exit the ear canal or if you produce large amounts of earwax it can build-up, harden and cause problems with hearing or even become painful.

Earwax removal in the audiologist office
If earwax is a problem, schedule an appointment with an audiologist. The audiologist can use different techniques to remove earwax safely and comfortably.

 * Curette removal method: The audiologist may use a curette to remove earwax. This small tool is specially formed to go in the ear without causing damage. First the audiologist will use a lighted otoscope to look in the ear canal. This allows them to see how much earwax needs to be removed and where it is located. The curette is like a small spoon. The audiologist will use it to gently scrape the earwax out of the ear canal. This is not painful. The audiologist is trained to remove the earwax without damaging the inner ear or causing you any pain.

 * Irrigation removal method: An alternative method of earwax removal used by audiologists is irrigation. Audiologists use special medical solutions to first soften and loosen earwax buildup and then water to flush the wax from the canal. The solution most commonly used is a carbamide oxide solution like hydrogen peroxide. The solution releases oxygen and this process releases earwax from the ear canal. Once the wax is loose, it is washed away with water. Audiologists are trained to irrigate the ear canal with just the right amount of pressure. Like curettage, this process is not painful.

Earwax removal at home
Do not place any object smaller than your elbow in your ear canal. Additionally, you should never place anything in your ears to remove wax – including cotton swabs and no candles.

Use a damp washcloth to wipe the outer portion of the ear and remove earwax. If recommended by the audiologist, you can use at-home irrigation. Do not use pressure when irrigating your ears and only use an irrigation kit recommended by your audiologist.

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-10-29

Can I Clean My Ears At Home

Can I Clean My Ears At Home?

The human ear has a miraculous way of working. Containing some of the tiniest bones and the thinnest membranes, this organ makes it possible for us to stand, walk, balance, hear and talk. Not only does it contribute to giving us a true sense of the world around us, but it also helps maintain the equilibrium of the human body itself.

When to clean your ears
Our ears have their own in-built mechanism of cleaning themselves up. Cerumen produced inside the ear helps in lubricating it and keeping away foreign objects, such as dust, debris and bacteria. However, the cerumen also traps dead skin cells and debris to form a thick, wax-like liquid that we commonly refer to as earwax.

While earwax gradually moves out of the ear during sleep or shower, in some cases it may begin to build up, causing irritation, pain and other more serious problems. Symptoms of earwax buildup include earaches, a feeling of fullness in the ear canal and oddly colored earwax. Some people even complain of sudden hearing loss and tinnitus.

How to clean your ears
If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, the best course of action is to see an audiologist and get your symptoms checked. Most symptoms of earwax buildup are similar to signs of other problems, such as an ear infection or permanent hearing loss. Therefore, it is crucial to get a professional’s diagnosis on whether the problem is in fact earwax buildup blocking your ear canal.

If your audiologist determines the problem can be solved by ear cleaning or ear irrigation – you are in luck. Audiologists have a simple way of cleaning your ears. They use warm water or water and saline solution to help flush out the excess accumulation from your ear canals. It is a relatively pain-free procedure that takes little more than 30 minutes to perform. You can walk out of the audiologist’s office feeling as good as new.

Cleaning ears at home
Many people prefer to perform their ear cleaning at home. Experts strongly urge against it because of the imminent risk of doing damage to the delicate inner parts of the ear. However, you can clean your ears at home if you take all the safety precautions and discuss any methods with your audiologist first.

One safe way of cleaning your ears, for example, is to use medicated eardrops. These are easily available from any pharmacy and can be inserted into your ear canal to soften the earwax, fight off infections and kill any bacteria. Once the wax is softened, it will slide out of the ear in a natural way.

If you’re dealing with an earwax impaction or have any loss of hearing or pain, it’s time to see a professional. Talk with an audiologist in your area to find out what your options are when it comes to keeping your ears clean!




Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-10-28

4 FAQs About Ear Cleaning

4 FAQ’s About Ear Cleaning

You’ve probably been told since you were little to keep your ears clean. Oddly enough, it doesn’t take much effort to actually keep your ears clean because they do it on their own!

So if that’s the case, do you actually need to clean your ears? If so, what should you do? What should you not do? Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions associated with ear cleaning.

* Should you use a cotton swab to clean your ears? No. You should not stick anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow. Cotton swabs are dangerous because they can push wax down into your ear canal causing an impaction or puncturing the eardrum. Additionally, you can scrape the sides of your ear canal or you could push the cotton swab in too far rupturing your eardrum altogether. Cotton swabs can be useful in other parts of your life and daily routine, such as applying makeup or removing nail polish, but they are not useful when it comes to cleaning your ears. They are more harmful than good in this situation. 

Is ear candling an effective way to remove wax build up? No. Ear candling is a very dangerous way to “clean” your ears. It has been shown that ear candling does not actually clean your ears, though it may look like it does. The candle is supposed to pull the toxins, dirt, debris and wax out of your year once it’s lit. However, most of the time, what is pulled out is just the wax from the candle itself. There may be some earwax present but not likely. Candling can cause serious damage to the inside of your ear canal by scraping or burning it, which can then lead to infection. 

Are over-the-counter (OTC) ear cleaning kits good to use? Yes and no. The best advice it to seek the opinion of your hearing care professional. They will be able to advise you on whether or not you need or should use these kits. They will also be able to instruct you on proper selection and use of these kits. It’s also a good idea to have your hearing specialist check your ears out for any kind of problem before using an OTC kit – this will ensure your ears aren’t damaged while using the remedy.
 

How do you safely clean your ears? For the most part, you don’t need to worry about your ears. Your ears clean themselves all the time, every day. The wax that they create is not made just to drive you crazy. It is made to clean out any dirt, debris or foreign objects that are present in your ear canal. The wax moves and works its way up and out of your ear canal getting rid of the toxins in your ear at the same time. However, if you do feel that you have a wax build-up problem see your hearing health to have them take a look into your ears in order to determine if there is a wax problem and what treatment they recommend.

Our ears are incredibly complex and sophisticated when it comes to hygiene. If you feel like you need to keep your ears clean, take a dry or damp cloth and wipe the outer part of your ear after your bath or shower. This will help the outside ear remain clean and will remove anything your ear has pushed out of the canal.

Hearing Knowledge2020-10-28

5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Hearing Test

5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Hearing Test

Congratulations! Scheduling a hearing test is the first step on the path to better hearing. You can prepare and get the most out of the appointment by bearing these five simple steps in mind.

1. Colds and flu
You know how your hearing is often muffled when you have a cold or flu? This is because the tubes connecting your ears to your throat become blocked. In turn, this causes pressure changes within the middle ear which then presses on the ear drums and affect your ability to hear.
Also, as part of the hearing test the audiologist measures the movement of the ear drum and the movement of the small bones in the middle ear. These may be dampened down when you have a head cold.
With this in mind, the ideal time to have a hearing test is when you are well. Consider rescheduling if you’re under the weather.

2. Wax removal
Just like wearing earplugs, a big buildup of wax within the ear canal impairs your ability to hear. Since part of the hearing test is working out the limits the loud and soft sounds you can hear, having waxy ears could give an artificial reading.

Therefore it’s a good idea to clean your ears a few days ahead of the hearing test. If you suspect a heavy wax buildup the audiology clinic or your physician can recommend someone to professionally syringe the ears.

Alternatively, buy some ear cleaning drops and use them several days in a row for the week leading up to the appointment.

3. Quiet time
Our ability to hear can be artificially reduced when we are exposed to loud sounds. This is what we experience after attending a loud rock concert or noisy nightclub, where you stumble away and find yourself holding a conversation in a shout.

Again, in order not to get false results, avoid exposure to loud noises in the hours leading up to the appointment. This doesn’t mean you have to go into isolation, but avoid bogeying on down to a disco beat at full volume in the time immediately before the visit.

4. List of questions
Should hearing loss be diagnosed, think about any questions you might want to ask the audiologist and write them down. For example, you may want to know:

* What happens if I do nothing?
* Do you recommend a hearing device?
* How will a hearing aid fit with my lifestyle?
* What are the options for hearing devices?
* Planning ahead and writing the queries down means you’ll be sure to cover everything you want to know.

5. Take a friend
Consider taking a friend or family member along to the appointment. This is perfectly normal and many people do it.

Having an extra pair of ears means you’re less likely to miss important information and have all the facts you need to make an important decision about the future of your hearing health.

Hearing Aid Knowledge2020-10-27

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