As kids grow up, they get into all sorts of trouble. Broken bones, tummy bugs, coughs, and colds a-plenty. Most of the time, any damage or illness isn’t going to last. But if anything happens to your child’s hearing – that can be permanent. So you can take steps to help look after your child’s hearing as well as possible. If your child already has hearing aids, then you might want to check out how audiologist program hearing aids, for more information click here.
The best way to avoid hearing damage or loss is to avoid loud noises. Once in a while isn’t a bad thing, but constantly having loud music, TV, and toys on high volume will have an impact. If you aren’t sure if the noise is loud then consider these points
- Loud enough to raise your voice to talk,
- Need to put ear to mouth to hear
- Ears tingle or hurt
- You have muffled hearing or ringing in your ears after
If you are worried about the length of time your child is around loud noise or want to remain vigilant, then you can check out smartphone apps that can give an accurate reading on the decibel level.
If the children are old enough to use headphones, make sure that you either use parental controls on their piece of technology or set a timer each time they put their headphones on. 60 minutes is the maximum time anyone should have headphones on, at only a 60% volume. If you can set them at a lower volume than that is even better. Noise-canceling headphones also aid in the prevention of people turning up the volume.
Kids love swimming and pretending them to swim while in the bath. Both of which involve ears going underwater. From time to time, it is common for water to get inside the ear. Much of the time it will leak out by itself, and some gentle drying with a towel will work, sometimes, however, the water gets trapped. There are a few things you can do to help remove the water. Use your palm to create a gentle vacuum, lay your child down with the head resting on a towel, warm olive oil in a dropper, or gently tugging on the ear lobe. If none of these work, then you might want to head to the doctor. When water is left in the ear, it lets a lot of bacteria in and leads to an ear infection.
If you are heading to a family festival or a music event, then you should get the children some protective ear muffs. They aren’t too expensive and provide a very good level of protection. They come in a range of different styles and sizes so great for the whole family.
Hearing naturally declines over the years, but you can do your utmost to protect it over the years, and it might last a little bit longer. Keeping an eye on headphone usage, making sure that the importance of volume is understood all matters. Teaching children how to take care of their ear is a skill for life.