Ear health is something few tend to think about, but an important part of our system. Once your hearing is damaged, it tends to be damaged for good. As one of the major senses, we rely on our hearing for more than we think on a day to day basis. From balance to awareness, perception and of course hearing. That’s why it is a must to raise awareness about the prevalence of hearing loss, the importance of early diagnosis, and the ways to prevent and care for potential hearing problems. Here are a few ways in which you can take care of your ear to prevent damage from happening.

Use earplugs around loud noises

Often people today suffer from noise-induced hearing loss because of loud work or leisure environments. Loud sounds like music or machinery, as well as the heavy vibrations, can damage your ears in a multitude of ways. Even loud headphones can drastically impair your hearing. Earplugs are convenient and easy to obtain. You can even have a pair custom fitted to your ears by your local hearing healthcare provider. Musicians’ earplugs for example are custom earplugs with filters that allow a person to hear conversations and music but still reduce harmful sound levels. This allows for protecting the ear while maintaining the quality of the original sound to be monitored as closely as possible.

Cotton swabs and buds can cause damage

It’s common for people to use cotton swabs or buds to clean wax out of their ears, but this is definitely not advisable. A little bit of wax in your ears is not only normal, but it’s also important to the health of the canal. The ears are self-cleaning organs, and wax stops dust and other harmful particles from entering the canal. Sticking anything inside your ear canals risks damaging like your ear drum. If you have excess wax, you can clean around the canal with a damp towel. You could use ear wax removal solution over the course of a few nights. This softens the wax so that it will eventually flow out on its own. The best solution is always to seek a professional opinion and care when possible.

Keep your ears dry

Moisture stuck in your ear can allow bacteria to enter and attack the canal. This can cause swimmer’s ear or other types of ear infections, these can all hurt your hearing, or in the worse cases take it away completely. Be sure you gently towel-dry your ears after bathing or swimming. If you can feel water in the ear, tilt your head to the side and tug lightly on the ear lobe to try pour the water out. There are devices available to assist in keeping water out of the ear while swimming or submerged, these are suggested when you are in water often enough.

Get up and move

Did you know that exercise is good for your ears? Cardio exercises like walking, running, or cycling gets the blood pumping to all parts of your body, including the ears. The lets the ear work to its full potential, getting a full supply of power and energy.

Manage stress levels

Stress and anxiety have been linked to both temporary and permanent tinnitus, this can cause a high pitched ringing in the ears. High levels of stress cause your body to go into fight or flight mode, which is an instinctual reaction that fills your body with adrenaline to help you react. This process puts a lot of pressure on your body. It’s commonly thought that this pressure and stress can travel up into your inner ear and contribute to tinnitus symptoms.