If you have ever had problems with your ears before, then you understand how uncomfortable and distracting it can be. Whether you have a constant buzzing in your ears, known as tinnitus, or swimmer’s ear from being in the pool for too long, you are not going to be able to enjoy the day until the problem is resolved. Your ears are so important for everyday life that even the smallest problem with the ears can have a drastic effect on your quality of life. Take note of the following three tips to make sure you don’t have to deal with any ear problem.
1. Only clean your ears when necessary
While earwax may look like the "grossest" thing on the planet, its sole purpose is to protect your ears and keep them healthy. There is absolutely no reason to insert a cotton swab into your ear canal. More importantly, if you read the warning label on the box of cotton swabs, it even tells you that they are not made for cleaning the inside of your ears. If you want to keep your ears clean, you can do so with a washcloth. A washcloth is actually safer than cotton swabs too because you do not have to worry about it slipping into your ear like a cotton swab and puncturing your eardrum. The only time the ear canal needs to be cleaned is when it’s advised by a medical professional. Even then, they will clean your ears for you.
2. Keep the noise levels down
Driving down the open highway with your music all the way up and singing your heart out is something we have all probably done at least a few times. While it may feel liberating, you’re actually causing damage to your ears if the music is up too loud. Whether it’s a concert, gun range or just your car speakers, long-term exposure to loud noises will begin wearing out the tiny hairs cells inside your ear that allow you to hear. If you are ever going to be around extremely loud noises, you will need to have some sort of ear protection handy.
3. Avoid earbuds
While listening to anything too loud is ill advised, using earbuds to do so is much worse. While earbuds are made to fit perfectly inside of your ears, that snug fit also means that the sound coming from the earbuds is shot directly into your ears. Having the sound waves going directly into your ear can cause more shock and vibration in your inner ear bones compared to normal headphones. This gradually leads to hearing problems. Moreover, avoid earbuds altogether if possible.
While there are dozens of things you can do to keep your ears healthy, these three tend to be the most common mistakes people make with their ears. As long as you follow these three tips habitually, you will greatly reduce the risk of causing long-term damage to your ears and even hearing loss.