Our ears are a sensitive and complex part of our anatomy. When our ears are not functioning properly, it can seem as though the day becomes unbearable. Ear infections and wax build-up are common problems, but they're usually temporary and quite curable. Hearing loss on the other hand has more permanent consequences which can significantly lower your standard of life.
Everyday activities that are seemingly innocent can lead to ear damage. Although temporary hearing loss occurs from time to time, the potential for more permanent loss is always there and should never be taken lightly.
We're exposed to loud noises all day – but we never let that bother us because we've become so accustomed to all the stimuli in our ears. And this is especially true for those of us who live in the city. From honking horns to drilling at construction sites, we're constantly surrounded by noises that are a few decibels too high. But these common noises can lead to hearing loss after years of exposure.
And when it comes to events, concerts and fireworks are particularly bad. If you're heading out to see your favorite band or catching a light show during the weekend, consider bringing plugs to help protect your ears. These small efforts will ensure you enjoy your hearing for years to come!
Driving loud motor vehicles
Snowmobiles, tractors and motorcycles have loud engines that can also damage your ears. This is particularly true if you're the one driving these types of vehicles on a regular basis. You may feel the motor's hum is not bothersome. But that's only because you've become accustomed to it over time. It's always a good idea to wear protection in the form of ear muffs, which filter out loud noise. These devices range anywhere from $ 25 – $ 100 and are well worth the money.
If you participate heavily in water sports such as swimming or water-skiing, you could be at a higher risk for ear loss. Constant exposure to water can cause damage in your ear drum, especially if the water tends to sit for days.
Ear protection is available for water sport activities, and they even come in customized molds. They prevent water from getting into the ear ear, which can cause infections and hearing loss. Find an ear plug that feels comfortable. And opt for one that has a low NRR so you can hear what's going on around you.
Remember what your mother told you: “Nothing smaller than an elbow should ever go in your ear.” So why then are Q-tips so darn popular?
Doctors say these little cotton swabs can do sever damage. Sure, it feels so good to dab up all that water after a long shower. But there are better ways to dry out your ear. Doctors recommend using a blow-dryer on a low-heat setting to air-dry all that moisture instead.
Act of aging
The simple, everyday act of aging also leads to hearing loss. Doctors say it's nearly unavoidable. And although modern hearing aids have allowed us to enjoy a certain quality of life, would not you like to keep natural hearing loss at bay for as long as possible? So consider all the everyday activities that lead to ear damage … and think twice before standing next to that boom box or opt for protective ear muffs next time you're taking the snowmobile out for a spin. You'll be the one smiling in your old age when everything sounds just as beautiful as the first time you heard them!