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Tutorial: Health Tips For Keeping Your Ears Healthy

By moosers on 09/20/2009 - (Anyone)

Introduction

This tutorial is aimed at giving you some tips on how to keep your ears healthy and fresh.  Whether you are an engineer or a musician, our ears are the most important part of what we do.  Without them, we don't have anything! It is so important to keep good care of your ears as you only get a single pair of them!

Step 1

The first thing that is quite obvious but often overlooked is to wear ear plugs whenever you are in a loud setting.  This include concerts, band practice, and wherever else you might think that you will be hearing some loud noises.  The best thing that you can do is get yourself a pair of custom made ear plugs as they will make everything sound the way it does, just much softer.  If you cannot afford them there are a number of low budget ear plugs out there that will do the trick, but they won't sound as good even though they will adequately block out sound.  While it may look uncool, ear plugs are the best way to make sure that your ears don't get damaged.

Step 2

While ear plugs will help you to keep your ears healthy on a day to day basis, it is still always a good idea to go to the doctor every so often to make sure that everything is okay.  I usually go to an ENT every six months or a year just to get my ears cleaned and make sure that everything is all good.  They will also be able to answer any questions you might have...

Step 3

If you think that you might have some hearing damage, or if you are not sure, I would recommend getting a hearing test to see where you are at.  Hearing loss occurs first within the high frequencies and will work its way down, so it can be hard to tell at first if you are losing any hearing.  Getting a test will at least give you a piece of mind if nothing is wrong, and if something is wrong you will know that it is there and will be able to stop the damage from there on out.  It's just a good idea to know where you stand.

Step 4

While it is pretty hard this day and age to avoid loud situations, you should always do your best to do so.  We live in a world that has a lot of noise pollution and while it can be hard to avoid, doing your best to do so will help you in the long run.  If you have a job where you experience a lot of loud sound, make sure that you have proper hearing protection at all times.  A single extremely loud experience like a loud concert can keep your ears ringing for days and can even be permanent...

Step 5

Lastly, I'll talk a bit about the condition known as tinnitus, which is when you have perceived ringing in your ears that isn't from the outside environment.  Tinnitus and hearing loss do go hand in hand so if you have tinnitus you should start to keep care of your ears more than you have been doing.  Tinnitus can be a really annoying thing to live with on a day to day basis as I know from experience.  Once you have it all you can do it learn to live with it and take it from there to try not to make it worse...

Conclusion

While this isn't an exact science as everyone is different, the bottom line is that keeping a conscious eye out for your ears will really help you in the long run.  Get yourself a pair of good ear plugs and keep out those loud sounds!
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