Damage to the auditory system could be irreplaceable, so it is essential for everyone to take care of their ears and hearing. However, if you have hearing loss it is especially important to preserve and protect your remaining hearing as communicating freely with others is vital.
We have gathered some information to help you look after your hearing this Summer!
Don’t Forget About Your Ears When Applying Sunscreen
Sunburn can happen at home as well as on holiday. When you are applying sunscreen, remember to put some on your ears, even if you are wearing a hat!
The ears are a common location for skin cancer; exposure to UV rays can cause rough, wart like patches to form on the skin which, in some cases, can become cancerous.
If you have noticed patches on your ears for the first time, or the patches bleed, get bigger, change colour, feel tender or develop into a lump, you should contact your GP.
Protect Your Ears From Loud Noises
Whether you are at work or at home, noises of 85dB or louder can harm your hearing.
Did you know most gardening equipment, including lawnmowers, strimmer’s and power washers are louder than 90dB?
The louder the noise, the less time it takes to cause damage which is why is it so important to wear ear protection.
Over the ear hearing protection can be found in most hardware stores, however if you are interested in custom hearing protection please contact us on 028 9066 7030.
Keep Your Ears Dry
Swimmer’s ear is the common term for water related infections in the ear canal. Swimming in pools, the sea or even showering can allow water or moisture to become trapped in the ear canal, creating ideal conditions for bacteria to grow and develop into an infection.
Some people find towel drying their ears after exposure to water is sufficient to protect against infection. Water resistant products like swimming caps and custom made ear swim plugs can provide additional protection.
Enjoy Music Safely
Repeatedly listening to music at overly loud volume levels can cause noise-induced hearing loss.
This type of hearing loss is preventable but is irreversible once it occurs. WHO estimates millions of teenagers and young adults are at risk of developing permanent hearing loss due to unsafe use of personal audio devices?
Volume can be set at a safe level on personal audio devices by setting the volume to a comfortable level in a quiet environment at no more the 60% of the maximum volume.
If you have any concerns, would like to hear about our services or would like to book a hearing test, please contact us on 028 9066 7030 to book an appointment.