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OUR ears are delicate and valu-
Although they don’t need
brushing or clipping, like teeth
or nails, they do need to be looked after
because once those little hair cells inside
your ears are damaged, they can’t be
Head of Clinical Support at
Australian Hearing Wendy Pearce
suggests five tips for protecting our ears.
Ms Pearce said it was estimated
more than a third of all Australians had
experienced some form of noise damage
to their ears.
“Yet damage from noise is entirely
preventable,” she said.
“When you’re working with loud
in a club, or
to loud noise
for an extended
period of time,
or earmuffs and
take 10 minute
the noise every
ears to rest
the chance of
Turn it down
Ms Pearce said loud music was a
common culprit for noise damage, both
attending concerts and listening to music
particularly through headphones with the
volume set high.
“Always be conscious to set music at
a moderate level and try to avoid using
music to drown out other noises,” she
“The smallest reduction in volume
will help your hearing.
“Invest in noise-cancelling
headphones, or maybe earmuff-style
“These will help to reduce
background noise, which means you
can hear your music on a lower, safer
Clean your ears
Ms Pearce said another important
factor in preventing hearing loss was to
ensure your ears were kept clean.
“Ears are mostly self-cleaning so will
generally look after themselves, but you
can avoid infections by not swimming in
dirty water and by treating infections in
other areas around the upper respiratory
tract so they don’t spread to the ear,” she
“Never try to clean ears by poking
anything into the canals.
“Ear wax is a normal part of your
ears’ cleaning process but if you feel
there is a blockage, always consult a
health professional rather than trying to
treat it yourself.”
Painful ears? Ask your doctor
Ms Pearce said
ear infections could
the age of seven are
more prone to ear
infections, so if your
child or grandchild
does not seem to
hear you or if you
see them tugging
at, or poking, their
ears, it may be
worth visiting your
GP to get their ears
checked,” she said.
“Pain in the ear
can be an infection
in the outer ear canal
as well, so it is important to seek advice
if pain persists.”
Have your hearing checked
According to Ms Pearce, if
you’ve had recent problems hearing
conversations around you, or if you find
yourself saying “pardon” a lot, get your
hearing checked as soon as possible.
“Once you reach 60, have an annual
check up just to make sure everything is
working properly,” she said.
To take an online hearing test, visit
www.hearinghelp.com.au or www.hearing.com.
au to book a free hearing test at your nearest
Australian Hearing Centre.
Sound advice for ears
Hearing is something many take for granted
but taking care of your ears is important,
Grace Gabriel, of Australian Hearing, reports.
Pain in the ear can
be an infection
in the outer ear
canal as well, so
it is important to
seek advice if pain
Head of Clinical Support at
December 1, 2016
Ears are an important organ and fortunately there are several things you can do to help keep them
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