Take steps to improve your ear health now to prevent problems in the future. How to take care of your ears this World Hearing Day and beyond.
With International World Hearing Day on the horizon, now is the perfect opportunity to focus on one of our most important senses – our hearing. While we may not think we’ll be one of the 11 million people in the UK who suffer from hearing loss, the truth is that it can happen to any of us, at any time.
The good thing is, there are things we can do to preserve our hearing – from booking a hearing test to turning the volume down on our headphones. If you’re keen to know steps you can take to look after your hearing this World Hearing Day, read on for some inspiration.
Search: hearing test near me
If you are concerned about your hearing and wondering where to book a hearing test, a quick search online with the words ‘hearing test near me’ should bring up some local hearing centres. As your local optician, we also offer services for hearing.
Some of the signs you might need a hearing test include:
- You’re always asking people to repeat themselves
- You have your television volume up very high
- You wear headphones on the maximum volume setting
- You suffer from ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- You have difficulty differentiating noises
- You work or have worked in a noisy environment, such as manufacturing.
Turn the volume down
While it can be easy to flick our headphone volume up to full capacity, this is seriously damaging to our ear health. Loud noise, particularly from headphones that are buried into our ears can damage cells and membranes in the cochlea. As exposure to loud noises continues, the damage does too. Turning the volume down is one of the number one things you can do to help preserve your hearing.
Use earplugs if you work around loud noises
People who work in certain industries such as the manufacturing industry, see higher rates of hearing loss. This is often due to constant exposure to loud machinery and not always wearing appropriate ear protection. If you work in a loud environment, protect your ears by asking for the correct ear protection and wear it as often as you can. Although it might seem a bit of an inconvenience at the time, you’ll be thankful in years to come.
Manage your stress levels
Stress has been identified as one of the key causes of tinnitus (ringing ears), which can be particularly debilitating. Helping to manage your overall stress levels doesn’t just make you happier, it can boost your ear health too. From yoga and deep relaxation to gardening, swimming and more, taking up a new, relaxing activity could be just what you need.
Get regular ear health check-ups
Many of us will book regular optician appointments, or visit the dentist every six months. But when was the last time you had an ear check up? Our ears are something that often get ignored, but they are just as important as the rest of our body. Our ears don’t just help us hear, they help us balance too. So, what are you waiting for? Call Dominic Tunnell Opticians in Worcester on 01905 613020 to book your hearing test today.