1. Wear Earplugs Around Loud Noises

Loud noises such as those emitted by power tools, concerts, lawnmowers and aircraft can all gradually lead to hearing loss, especially if you are exposed to these noises on a regular basis. Wear earplugs in environments that expose you to loud noises to protect your ears and reduce your risk of hearing loss.

  1. Turn Down the Volume

Listening to loud music can damage your hearing, especially when using earbuds that sit directly next to your eardrum. Keep the volume turned down when watching television or listening to music in your home or vehicle, and consider using over-the-ear headphones instead of earbuds, which place more distance between your eardrums and noise from portable devices.

  1. Give Your Ears a Break

Concerts and clubs may be extremely fun, but they also have the potential to cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. When attending loud events such as these, take frequent breaks by stepping outside or going somewhere to separate yourself from the noise, even if just for five minutes. After the event has ended, try to spend time in a quiet environment for at least one day to allow your ears to rest and recover.

  1. Stop Using Cotton Buds/Swabs

People have been using cotton buds for decades to remove earwax buildup from the inside of their ears, but researchers have found that cotton swabs may actually do more harm than good. Cotton buds can push earwax deeper into the ear canal to damage the eardrum and ear canal to increase the risk for hearing problems.

We offer earwax removal and safely remove earwax without causing hearing loss.

  1. Keep Your Ears Dry

Swimming and bathing can result in water entering your ear canal, which can be risky for your hearing and ear health if the water contains harmful bacteria or sits in your ear canal for a long period. Tilt your head to the side after bathing or swimming to help excess water drain out of your ears, or use a small, soft towel to soak up excess water in your ears.

If you swim regularly, consider buying earplugs specially designed for swimmers that prevent water from entering your ear canal. We offer custom-fit earplugs that fit snugly and comfortably inside your ears.

  1. Use Medications Properly as Directed

Hearing loss is a side effect of many different medications. Drug-induced hearing loss is known as ototoxicity, which may occur in those who use specific drugs in high doses or for a long period. Other factors that contribute to ototoxicity include dehydration, age, and the use of multiple ototoxic drugs at the same time.

Antibiotics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chemotherapy drugs, and beta-blockers are some of the many different types of drugs that can cause ototoxicity. If you are using one or more of these medications, take them responsibly and properly as directed. You may also want to ask your doctor about other treatments for your health condition that won’t increase your risk for hearing loss.

  1. Stay Physically Active

Exercising regularly promotes good blood flow and circulation, which helps blood and oxygen reach your ears to keep them in optimal health. Make exercise a priority, and aim to be active on most days of the week to protect your hearing and ear health. The best way to stay engaged with an exercise routine is to do activities you truly enjoy. Dance, go for daily walks in your neighbourhood, or play outdoor games with your family.

If you enjoy swimming or biking, make sure you wear protective gear such as earplugs or a helmet to maintain your hearing and to protect your ears.

  1. Manage and Reduce Stress

Stress increases your body’s production of cortisol and adrenaline, which are stress hormones released as a fight-or-flight response to potential threats. These hormones can temporarily affect your hearing, which is completely normal. However, long-term stress can lead to elevated levels of these hormones, which increases the risk of permanent hearing loss.

Find effective ways to manage and reduce stress, as chronic stress can lead to a large number of health problems in addition to hearing loss. Listen to soothing music, exercise daily, or find other outlets that allow you to release pent-up stress and anxiety. You may also want to focus on eliminating certain stressors from your life that are causing you to experience chronic stress.

  1. Know the Warning Signs of Hearing Damage

Ringing in the ears, dizziness, muffled sound in the ears, and loss of balance are common signs of early or temporary hearing damage. If you are in an environment with loud noises and start to experience any signs of hearing loss, remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible to protect your hearing.

  1. Visit Your Audiologist Regularly For Checkups

Many audiologists recommend getting your hearing tested every three to five years if you are between the ages of 18 and 40. Your doctor may recommend being screened more frequently if you have started to experience some degree of hearing loss or have a medical condition such as an autoimmune disorder or meningitis that may lead to hearing loss. If you are older having a hearing test each year is recommended.