In today's society, there are all sorts of threats to your ear health. Whether it's loud noises on the train or a poor diet, your ears are sensitive and if they are not looked after correctly you won't have the use of them when you get older. Here experts share their knowledge on how to keep your ears in the best health possible.
Don’t Use Earbuds
Many people think that it is a good idea to use their fingers or an ear bud to clean out their ears. But this has some damaging consequences. The first is that earbuds and fingers can damage the delicate skin in your ear canal making it more susceptible to bacterial infection. Scrubbing out your ears and trying to remove all the wax can also lead to excessive wax production in the future.
Infections can also arise when people frequently get in and out of the sea or the pool on vacation. The term “holiday ear” is often used to describe an infected ear canal that results from excessive exposure to water. “Holiday ear” is easily treated with antibiotics but it is best to avoid it in the first place.
Look After Your Inner Ear
Your ear isn’t just a structure that sits on the surface of your head. It actually goes deep into your skull, and it is not just used for hearing. Your ears are also essential for balance and if you find yourself losing your balance often then it could be a sign that your inner ear is in bad health.
Some people find themselves suffering from vertigo on a regular basis. The best way to avoid the symptoms of vertigo is to do things that prevent it from appearing in the first place. These include things like eating a healthy diet and avoiding excessive alcohol intake.
Treatment for vertigo includes natural remedies as well as drugs. There are also guides and video kits online to help people suffering from the symptoms.
Don’t Fly When You Have A Cold
Some people suffer from what is sometimes called “airplane ear.” This happens when the pressure inside the ear is higher or lower than the pressure outside of the ear because of a blockage of the eustachian tube. It can be very painful. People who suffer from airplane ear are likely to experience pain on takeoff or landing whenever they take flights.
When it comes to traveling, therefore, these people need to be very careful. The change in pressure can result in a perforated eardrum that can take days and weeks to repair. The best way to avoid this from happening to use a decongestant in the Eustachian canal.
Avoid Loud Noises
Often in our everyday lives, we are exposed to noises that are too loud for our ears. The safe noise limit is currently estimated to be 85 decibels. In Europe, MP3 players already have a default limit of 85 decibels. Listening to music louder than this can permanently damage your ears. If you work in a noisy environment, use earplugs to block out the noise.