Tips on How to Protect Your Child’s Hearing – by John O’Connor
Keep the volume for headphones at the mid to low range. This will ensure the volume is not too loud. A good judge as to whether or not it is at an appropriate range: if your child can hear what is going on around them, the volume is at an acceptable level. If they cannot hear the sounds around them, the volume is too loud. This is a positive lifelong habit that will protect hearing for those children who use headphones frequently.
Keep the car or truck windows closed when driving long distances on highways. The combination of wind, speed and sound can affect hearing over a period of time. This is an environmental cause of hearing loss that is controllable immediately.
When you or your family are in a loud, noisy environment, the use of earplugs will prevent hearing damage that may occur over time. Working at a construction site or in a loud establishment or using electronic tools daily are some examples of when a person may benefit from earplugs. This is another action a person can take to protect his or her hearing daily.
Be sure to treat all ear infections immediately. The best course of action is to see a doctor and let the doctor determine if antibiotics are needed. Long term damage to the inner ear from ear infections is preventable if infections are treated promptly.
Remove wax build up periodically so that the wax accumulated can be removed before causing hearing loss. Some home remedies include mineral oil, baby oil or wax removal kits that can be purchased at a local pharmacy. Often, earwax build up goes undetected. If it is suspected, have a doctor check the ears.
When using a cotton swab to clean the ears, avoid inserting the swab into the ear canal. Though, it may seem harmless, an injury from an object to the inner ear may impact a child’s hearing. A general rule to follow is to keep the swab only on the outside of the ear, or, use a wash cloth which will prevent any accidental insertion of the cotton swab into the ear canal.
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