Iâm 65 years old and live in a small town near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, together with my dear wife, Daisy.
I want you to know right from the beginning that Iâm not a doctor, nor a hearing aid specialist.
I recently retired after a 40 year career as a medicinal chemist. Itâs a crucial job, as people who are sick rely on us for relief.
Now, as I near the end of my career, I want to share all the mountains of knowledge Iâve gathered all these years regarding hearing and how to take proper care of your earsâ¦
Hearing loss isnât fatal, but it can lead to a number of health-related issues down the line.
After all, ear care not only improves your hearing health, but your overall health as well.
You see, maintaining ear health is a lifelong process.
And taking steps to protect your hearing can help you enjoy music and conversation without strain, and having healthy ears might even enable you to have better balance and a reduced risk of accidents and falls in your senior years.
Here are some simple things you can do each day to help achieve that goal:
1. Use earplugs around loud noises
Approximately 15% of Americans have noise-induced hearing loss because of loud work or leisure environments
Clubs, concerts, lawnmowers, chainsaws, and any other noises that force you to shout so the person next to you can hear your voice all create dangerous levels of sound.
Earplugs are convenient and easy to obtain. You can even have a pair custom fitted for your ears by your local hearing healthcare provider.
According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults worldwide are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss from unsafe use of audio devices.
If you like to enjoy music through headphones or earbuds, you can protect your ears by following the 60/60 rule:
The suggestion is to listen with headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.
Earbuds are especially dangerous, as they fit directly next to the eardrum. If possible, opt for over-the-ear headphones.
3. Don’t allow water to get in your ear
While enjoying your favourite water sports such as swimming, water skiing, surfing, diving, etc., it is important to protect your ears from the water and prevent it from entering into the ear canal. The use of earplugs is advisable, especially if you are susceptible to frequent ear infections.
4. Maintain good ear hygiene
Taking care of your hearing means maintaining good ear hygiene, but remember to clean your ears carefully and use products that are specially designed for this purpose.
It is good to remember that earwax is a natural protector of the ear and unless its amount is excessive, thickened and causing problems, it should not be removed, especially with the help of cotton buds that may damage the ear canal or eardrum.
Did you know that exercise is good for your ears? Itâs true.
Cardio exercises like walking, running, or cycling gets the blood pumping to all parts of your body, including the ears.
This helps the earsâ internal parts stay healthy and working to their maximum potential.
Make sure to stay safe! When cycling, always wear a helmet. If you fall and hit your head, a concussion can harm your hearing.
My life-time vision is that of a world where everybody can easily and affordably manage their lives with this consuming affection.
Thatâs why Iâve spent most of my research activity trying and testing various ways that could really make a positive impact on peopleâs lives.
And after many trials, Iâve perfected a simple, yet powerful formula, consisting of…
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