Hearing is one of those things, once it is gone – it is gone. Luckily in today’s society, there are more people than ever who can speak sign language, and we have some of the best hearing aids available to us now. But, there are some things that you can do to keep your hearing in tip-top condition for as long as possible. 

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It is, however, worth noting that as you age, your hearing will decline somewhat – but in the meantime – 

Cotton Swabs

There is something so satisfying about using cotton swabs to clean our ears. The problem is many people use them incorrectly and risk damaging their eardrums. Ideally, you would use a cotton bud to clean around the folds of your ears and never into the ear canal. However, people love to go as far into the ear canal as possible, believing this will give them a deeper clean. Actually, it almost forces your ear wax to become compact and harder to remove. Meaning you’ll need a trip to the doctor or nurse to get them flushed. 

There are overnight solutions that contain hydrogen peroxide to break down the wax and allow it to flow out overnight.

Recovery

If you love live music or venues where the music or sound is particularly loud, did you know that you need at least 16 hours of low volume or silence for your ears to recover? Most people don’t know that and don’t adhere to it. But much like everything when you ears work a lot they need a break too. 

Think back to the last time you were at an event which meant you needed to shout to be heard. That is the volume we are talking here. The one where your ears are humming for some time after. 

Ensure that you have at least 16 hours of peace after anything overly loud and you are already well on your way to protecting your hearing. 

Volume

Headphones are one of the biggest causes of hearing issues in modern times. While there is something to be said about the ability to block out the world and listen to your favorite music at a pretty loud volume – there is more to be said about you being able to hear for the rest of your life too. The general rule is to only listen to your music at a 60% volume for 60 minutes maximum per day. It is called the 60/60 rule and should be one you live by. 

Small steps can make sure that you take care of your hearing for years to come. Remembering that your ears need a break – just like other parts of your body after vigorous usage, that you shouldn’t be looking to clean too deeply into your ear canal and always let any water after a swim or a bath leak out.  

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