CareNow® - March 06, 2017

Many people think poor hearing only affects senior citizens; however, hearing damage can happen to anyone. Once hearing has been damaged, it cannot be repaired, so it's important to take good care of your hearing before it's too late. So how can you protect your hearing?

Use Earplugs

An estimated 15% of Americans have experienced hearing loss due to loud noises. Events such as clubs, concerts and sports games can create a dangerous noise level. Additionally, lawnmowers, chainsaws and other loud appliances can damage your hearing. Wearing earplugs can help reduce harmful sound levels, protecting your ears from damage.

Moderate Volume

When listening to music via headphones, it's smart to follow a rule known as the 60/60 rule. Set the volume on your headphones at 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes a day. Be extra cautious with earbuds, which sit right next to the eardrums.

Quit Using Swabs

Most people use cotton swabs to clean wax from their ear canal, but they don't realize that ears are self-cleaning organs and inserting a swab into your canals can damage the ear drum.

Dry Your Ears

After swimming, sweating or bathing, it's important to gently towel-dry your ears to avoid bacteria attacking the ear canal. Wearing earplugs when swimming is a good way to keep water out of your ears to avoid infection.

Get Checked Regularly

One of the best ways to protect your hearing is by getting regular checkups. Typically, hearing loss happens gradually, so an annual hearing consultation with a medical professional can help identify any hearing loss early. If left untreated, hearing loss can be linked to health problems like depression, dementia and heart disease.

If you are suffering from hearing loss or need to have your ears checked, consider visiting your local CareNow. At CareNow, we have 28 locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex (with more opening soon!), along with locations in Las Vegas, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Orlando, and Kansas City. Visit CareNow.com for a complete list of locations near you.

Disclaimer: Patients' health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.