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Ear Care: How to Take Care of Your Ears and Prevent Hearing Loss Clean Your Ears the Right Way When cleaning your ears, do not use sharp and pointed objects. They may cause...

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Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss: Signs to Look Out for The loss of hearing, or any of our senses for that matter, can be a disorienting and frightening experience that we may have to live with for...

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The Advantages of Buying Generic Hearing Aids

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The Advantages of Buying Generic Hearing Aids Our Hearing, Our Responsibility In a fast-paced world where technology makes people rely heavily on audio and visual stimulus,...

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The Advantages of Buying Generic Hearing Aids

The Advantages of Buying Generic Hearing Aids

Our Hearing, Our Responsibility

In a fast-paced world where technology makes people rely heavily on audio and visual stimulus, having difficulties hearing words or sounds can be a great hindrance. From using modern gadgets, machine, and appliances to going about our daily routine, we are using our ears non-stop. Sometimes, we are not even aware that we are using our ears to get a feel of our surroundings or to get us the information we need. But what happens when our hearing fails us?

If you have already established that you are having a hearing loss (by going to a doctor), the next step to do would be to get aids that will help you get about your daily life as normally as possible. Different kinds and styles of hearing aids abound on the market these days. There are the high-ends ones that are specifically tailored for each user’s need. Needless to say, these are expensive ones. On the other hand, there are the generic ones that don’t cost as much but function about as well as the expensive kinds.

Choosing the Hearing Aid for You

Of course, this goes without saying that you need to have your hearing tested by a doctor of audiology first. Then, consider what you need and what you want, and what fits your budget. Do you want an aid that is placed in the ear canal and cannot be seen easily or one that is visible but aesthetically pleasing, sort of like an ear accessory? Do you want the latest and most advanced aid that will make you hear very well? Or are you satisfied with a not-so-sophisticated one, just as long as you still can hear sounds and words okay.

In truth, not everyone can afford the most expensive and most sophisticated hearing aids. This is where generic hearing aids come in. They may not be as powerful or as effective as the top-of-the-shelf kinds, but they still give back function to your damaged ears without draining your wallet too much.

The trick, though, is to shop before you commit to buying a pair. Some may just have a high price tag attached because of its brand name. So shop around and compare manufacturers. Who knows, the perfect hearing aid for you may not be as expensive as you expect it would be.

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Prevention and Care

Ear Care: How to Take Care of Your Ears and Prevent Hearing Loss

Clean Your Ears the Right Way

When cleaning your ears, do not use sharp and pointed objects. They may cause damage to the ear canal or to the eardrums.

Do not use Q-tips to remove earwax forcibly. If there is a build-up of earwax in your ears, use agents that soften wax once a week. This allows wax to come out easily. In case of impaction or if the earwax has blocked the ears, see a doctor—don’t try to deal with it yourself because you just might make it worse. Otherwise, leave the earwax be. Our ears produce wax as way of cleaning themselves, so there is no need to remove earwax unless necessary.

Know the Effects of Illnesses and Medications on Your Ears

Some illnesses, especially those that affect the nose, throat, and ears, cause ear infection. If you have upper respiratory illnesses or infections, be sure to have them treated promptly. Also, consult your doctor if you notice unusual bumps or pain in or around your ears.

There are also drugs that can affect the hearing. To reduce the risk of medication-induced hearing loss, take medicines as per the doctor’s prescription only and inform your doctor right away if you feel something unusual with your ears or if you experience balance problems.

Be Aware that Very Loud Sounds or Noises Are Harmful to the Ears

If you are using a headset when using your computer, do you notice the warning that pops up if you turn the volume too high? This is because loud levels of sounds can potentially damage your ears. In fact, your eardrums can even shatter. Scary, right? When you think that a sound is too high, it probably is. So, tune it down.

Protect Your Head

Trauma to the head can cause ear injuries and hearing loss. If you are fond of engaging in physical sports or other activities that put you at risk of head injury (such as riding a bike or skating), always wear a protective head gear. Better be safe than sorry.

Just like all our other senses, our hearing is very important. Let’s not wait until it’s too late and we’re already experiencing signs of hearing loss before we start taking good care of our ears.

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Signs of Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss: Signs to Look Out for

The loss of hearing, or any of our senses for that matter, can be a disorienting and frightening experience that we may have to live with for the rest of our lives. Hearing loss can be caused by a variety of things—accident, carelessness, disease, too much exposure to very loud sounds or noises, etc.

In some instances, the loss is abrupt and comes without warning, as in the case of serious head trauma caused by an accident. In other cases, the loss is gradual and you may not be aware of it until it is pointed out to you.

If you experience any of the following signs, you may be having hearing loss.

  • Having difficulty understanding or following conversations, especially if there is a background music or noise.
  • Always asking others to repeat what they said.
  • Listening to the radio or watching TV with the volume too high.
  • Giving inappropriate replies to questions or conversations.
  • Hearing ringing in your ears.
  • Hearing sounds and voices as muffled, even at close proximity.
  • Trying to lip-read and watch people’s faces than actually relying on voices to follow a conversation.

Aside from the obvious physical effects, hearing loss can also cause insecurity, fear, embarrassment, and stress and may cause a person to avoid social settings whenever possible.

If you think that you are experiencing hearing loss, the best thing to do would be to consult a physician immediately. It may be tempting to ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will go away on their own, but it is best to have an expert give an assessment of the situation. Hearing loss is something that should be taken seriously. Not only do we use our hearing for entertainment, we also rely on it in going about our daily lives.

Experiencing signs of hearing loss does not mean that you will certainly be going deaf. It may be something temporary and could be stopped or averted with proper treatment.  Early detection and medical attention are very vital in this case.

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