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How To Look After Your Ears

by Jessica Amey

Just like the post I wrote yesterday about looking after your eyes, it’s also important to look after your ears.

There are some things you can do to care for your ears..

Use Ear Protectors
If you work with loud machinery the chances are you already wear ear protection but even if you are using a drill ear protection can be useful. If you are going to events like festivals where you know the noise levels are going to be high then ear protectors can even be a good idea.

See Your GP If You Notice Problems
If you are having problems with tinnitus, earache or dizziness then go to see your GP. It might be due to a build up of ear wax and they will be able to advise you on ear wax removal.

Wear Noise-Cancelling Headphones
This means that you can no longer hear background noise so won’t need to have your volume turned up so much.

Consider Earplugs For Nights Out
Experts agree that hair cells can start to become damaged by noise at 85dB, yet most clubs and concerts play music that is around 110dB. The hair cells can become overstimulated when exposed to too much noise and that can make them fatigued. This takes a few hours to days to recover from if it’s a one off occasion but if you are exposing them to noise this loud on a regular basis then they can lose their ability to recover and hearing loss may become permanent. You can buy special earplugs that protect your ears without ruining the sound of the music.

Don’t Turn Up Your Music Too Loud
Even if you have good headphones it’s still important not to have your music too loud as it can damage your ears.

Use The 60/60 Rule
The NHS recommend listening to music on your phone / iPod at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60% of the day. Action on Hearing Loss suggest taking 5 minute breaks once an hour too.

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