Protecting your ears
How many times have your thought about hair care products, face soap, body wash, toothpaste and other healthcare products? How many time have you thought about cleaning your ears? You probably thought about your ears a little less. No one ever talks about your ears, but they are one of your five senses and need to be cared for and maintained daily.
Want to know more about protecting your ears?
If you realized that your ear drum is delicate like parchment paper, would you care more for your ears? Here are some of the areas of your life which you want to focus and suggestions to protect your ears.
- Occupational hazards: Wear ear plugs if you are in these professions as the high level of noise repeatedly will cause long-term damage.
- Carpenter: Nail gun causes 110 to 140 Db of noise
- Ambulance driver or EMT: Ambulance causes 110 to 140 Db of noise
- Lumberman or logger: Chainsaw causes 110 to 140 Db of noise
- Musician or rock star: Rock concert speaker causes 110 to 140 Db of noise
- Air Traffic controler: Jet engine causes 110 to 140 Db of noise
- Garbage man: garbage truck causes 85 to 100 Db of noise
- Construction worker: Jackhammer causes 85 to 100 Db of noise
- Landscaper: Power mower causes 85 to 100 Db of noise
- Entertainment choices: You should wear earplugs to a concert to protect from permanent hearing damage and tinnitus. Normal conversation is about 60 dB, and a rock concert is about 120 dB. Anything above 85 db over time can cause hearing loss.
- Lifestyle (scuba diving): Here are some ear safety tips for scuba divers to help them equalize the pressure in their ears so it opens the lower part of the Eustachia tubes which connects the middle ear to the nose. By opening these tubes it allows pressure to stabilize on both sides of your eardrum. Use the Lowry technique, where you plug your nostrils and swallow and blow at the same time or the Frenzel maneuver, where you close your nostrils and the back of your throat and make a “k” sound.
- OTC or prescription drugs: A lot of aspirin or ototoxic drugs (chemotherapy) can have a very negative effect on hearing loss. Discuss your concerns with your prescribing physician.
Always remember that most people either think they are invincible regarding loud sounds or they just don’t pay attention. Do not follow this example, but follow the guides above to protect your ears. Remember that Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Hearing Loss Association of America show the following statistics about hearing loss:
- About 20 percent of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss.
- At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.
- 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings.
- While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation.
Lansdowne Hearing wants to help you hear again like you were 21 years old. Your hearing examination is free and we can determine any hearing loss you may be experiencing and give you a free hearing aid fitting. In this way you can experience what you might have been missing.