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5 Things That Are Damaging Your Ear By Seun Elegushi


Our ear is one of the 5 senses we as humans need to survive.

Our hearing ability is what makes verbal communication very easy. Therefore any obstacle to this hearing ability will cause great difficulty in communication.

However there are many activities which we carry out that are bad for our hearing, which many of us do not know,

while some do know but do not care about the consequences of their actions to their hearing ability.


5 things will be listed which are bad for your hearing:


1- Listening to loud music:

Teenagers and young adults are most susceptible to noise-induced hearing loss from the unsafe use of different audio devices. Listening to music through headphones or earbuds is very satisfying and it creates your own space, however, there are many consequences to your ear health from listening to loud music.


2- Not giving your ears time to recover:

If your job involves being around loud noise for hours or if you have been to a concert or a bar, give your ears some time to recover. Take a 5-10 minutes break and go out in the quiet every so often to let your ears rest. Researchers found that on an average, most people need about 16 hours of quiet to recover from one loud night out.

3- Not keeping your ears dry:

The middle part of the ear, where the eardrum is, is an air-filled cavity. So, excess moisture will cause an imbalance in the middle ear system and allow bacteria to pass through and infect the ear canal. This can cause swimmer’s ear or other types of ear infections, which is unhealthy and not safe for your hearing health.


4- Stress and Lack of Exercise: 

The benefits of exercising include your hearing health as well! Cardio exercises such as running, walking or cycling increase blood flow to the ear. This helps the inner parts of the ears to stay healthy and allows them to work at their maximum potential. Stress, on the other hand, is detrimental to your hearing health as it has been linked to causing tinnitus i.e. ringing in your ears.


5- Using Cotton Swabs:


It is very common for everyone to have the tendency to clean their ears with cotton swabs, especially after a shower to try and remove wax from their ears. However, it is not advisable to use cotton swabs as accidents can happen, and you may perforate your eardrums which can lead to terrible outcomes for your hearing health.


Ears of their own nature are self-cleaning organs that stop foreign objects such as bugs, ants or other insects to enter your ears. If you have an excess wax problem, visit your GP or enquire for a free hearing test near you so the audiologist can have a look in your ear and let you know the best solution. 

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