5 Things You Do Daily That May Damage Your Hearing
It’s likely you only take a closer look at your ears when something feels wrong, like when they start ringing after seeing a concert or when you have an earache. But ears deserve more care and attention since the way you treat them daily can have an enormous effect on how healthy they stay. Here are five everyday activities that can damage your hearing.
1. Excessive use of headphones or earbuds.
Listening to music using your earbuds is not unhealthy, per se. But prolonged exposure to loud music can be harmful. Earbuds that don’t completely block the background sound often make users crank up the music louder. Human ears are not meant to listen to music – or any other sounds – at that level for hours and hours.
2. The use of cotton swabs to clean the inside of the ears.
They appear harmless, but approximately 7,000 people seek medical attention every year as a result of cotton-swab-related accidents and injuries. If earwax makes it to the outer part of your ear, obviously, you can clean it up using a swab. But you must not go and dig deep for the wax. If you accidentally pushed down earwax using a swab, the hardened wax may cause a blockage, which may eventually lead to infection.
It’s no secret that smoking is bad for your health. One of its side effects is compromising your hearing. The cochlea, a critical part of the hearing system, requires decent oxygenated blood circulation for it to work efficiently. When you smoke tobacco, the flow of blood is being constrained. While a single cigarette may not produce hearing damage permanently, its negative effects will add up overtime.
4. Excessive intake of pain medication.
Certain types of medicine can have an adverse effect on your hearing. Painkillers like aspirin, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, and acetaminophen may relieve your discomfort in certain situations. However, when you abuse these drugs, they can cause hearing loss as well as other adverse reactions that could be cause for concern. Sometimes, it doesn’t take very long for the unwanted effects to be triggered, particularly if a person has a history of substance abuse. When you take pain relievers, make sure to follow the correct dosage as instructed. If you’re unsure, consult your doctor.
5. The constant use of hairdryer.
It appears that exerting much effort to have a beautiful hair day can have side effects on your ears. Lots of people – especially those with long hair – use their hairdryer at a maximum setting which can be quite loud. Doing this regularly can lead to permanent hearing damage. Play it safe and buy a hairdryer that doesn’t give off a loud noise, or simply use the dryer on minimum setting.
Your ears are valuable so don’t take them for granted. Taking good care of them now means a lifetime of good hearing.