Avoid Ear Disease Through These Steps[imwb_socialbuzz] By John On April 7, 2011 Under Tinnitus
An ear disease can be otitis externa, otitis media, otosclerosis, or Meniere’s disease. Ear diseases can affect your hearing and produce other symptoms like earache, dizziness or balance problems, and tinnitus ringing in the ears. When left untreated, these problems can cause permanent hearing damage and other serious conditions. However, many cases of ear problems can be prevented through these steps.
1. Be familiar with the signs of an ear problem. Any of the symptoms stated above signals an existing problem. But it’s easier to be oblivious and pass the warning as a fleeting thing. For instance, people don’t pay much attention to earache unless the pain is too much for them to bear.
2. Go to your doctor if you notice any of the following: gradual or sudden loss of hearing, loss of balance, dizziness or vertigo, ear ringing noises, feeling of fullness in the ear, itchy ears, pain in the ears, and ear discharge. While these may be indications that you already contracted ear disease, you can preclude more serious disorder by opting for early diagnosis.
3. Don’t insert anything into your ears. Whether you’re playing around or cleaning your ears, it’s never advisable to place anything into your ears. You have to tell this to your kids, too. Small objects like beans and pebbles can get stuck in the ear canal and cause ear ache and conductive hearing loss. If something gets lodged in there, don’t try to pull it out because you risk pushing the object deeper. Go to a doctor right away.
4. Stop cleaning your ears frequently! Human ears have a self-cleaning mechanism. Earwax travels outwards and falls off. You need to clean only the opening of your ears using a clean cloth. Some people use cotton-tipped swabs, but these things aren’t recommended for insertion in the ear canal because they can push the earwax deeper, causing impaction.
5. Keep your ears dry. Left moisture in the ear canal attracts fungi or bacteria and lead to an ear infection. Swimmers usually have this problem because water frequently gets into their ears. This infection can cause earache and some hearing loss. It can be debilitating or extremely bothersome! If water gets into your ear, shake your head, and then bend your head in such a way that the affected ear faces down. Doing this repeatedly should let the water drain. You can also use a blow dryer to dry your ears after swimming. If these don’t work, go to your doctor.
6. Reduce loud noise exposure. You should know that noises and hearing impairments are closely related to each other. In fact, the usual cause of sensorineural hearing loss is exposure to loud noise. Cover your ears if you pass by noisy areas. Wear earplugs if you work in noisy workplaces. Also, keep volumes of stereos and televisions at home at moderate levels.