Healthy hearing tips

Healthy hearing tips

In order to preserve your hearing, it's important to take preventative steps early on and to always protect your ears whenever they are exposed to loud noises over long periods of time. Below are some tips for keeping your hearing healthy:

  1. Wear earplugs at musical concerts, both inside and outside.
  2. Wear earplugs at sporting events such as football, baseball or hockey games.
  3. Don’t listen to music through MP3 devices and earbuds at high volumes or for long periods of time.
  4. Try to limit your exposure to loud noises without hearing protection such as power tools, fireworks and airplanes.
  5. Get a hearing test every year to keep an eye on your hearing. Hearing aids can help preserve hearing and limit continued loss, so the earlier you catch a hearing loss the better.
  6. Bars and clubs can be very loud, so consider wearing earplugs or limiting your exposure to loud music and crowds.
  7. Wear earplugs when flying, as noise levels inside an airplane can harm your hearing.
  8. Wear hearing protection if you are hunting or shooting.
  9. If you are exposed to noise for long periods of time, take breaks and step away for some quiet. This will help your ears relax and give them a break from trying to handle all the noise.
  10. Use noise-cancelling headphones.
  11. Check medications for the possible side effect of hearing loss. There are about 200 medications that are potentially ototoxic, or damaging to your hearing.
  12. Do your best to keep your blood pressure under control, as changes can affect the delicate inner structures of your ears.
  13. Smoking can increase the risk of hearing loss. Try to stay away from those who are smoking, or if you do smoke, do your best to quit or at least cut back as much as possible.
  14. Don’t use cotton swabs to remove earwax from your ears as they can actually push the wax or debris further in. Instead, consider an at-home irrigation kit, like Starkey's Ear Wax Removal Kit, to help soften wax so that it may be gently washed out. Excessive buildup may require removal by a doctor.

Many people take their hearing for granted until it’s too late. Remember that annual hearing checks are an important part of your overall health. If you or someone you care about needs hearing help, take our hearing test or find a hearing professional today. You may also call 1.888.928.7865, and we can refer you to a trusted hearing professional.