Knowing how to properly care for your ears will go a long way in protecting your hearing and the effectiveness of your hearing aids.
Believe it or not, your ears are self-cleaning. This means that you don’t actually need to clean them. Cotton swabs and ear candles can actually damage your eardrum, which can lead to conductive hearing loss. If you are experiencing excessive ear wax buildup, it is important to see your healthcare professional.
Hearing loss may occur in a number of different ways. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there are problems with your outer or middle ear; sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage caused to the sensory cells of the inner ear or if you’re exposed to loud sounds for an extended period of time; and mixed hearing loss, which can occur in different parts of your ear, is a combination of the two.
While hearing loss is not life threatening, it can lead to a number of health-related issues down the line. Dementia and depression have been linked to untreated hearing loss, so be sure to have your ears checked regularly. After all, you’re not only improving your hearing by caring for your ears, you’re improving your overall health.