Proper Ear Care
By Shanuka Kadupitiyage Ceylon Today Features
Learning good habits to take care of your body is one of the most important things to learn from an early age. Although they play an integral part of your daily life, the ears on the sides of your head don’t need much attention and care. However, that doesn’t mean that they can be overlooked when taking care of yourself. Here is some interesting information about your ear and how you can do the best to take care of them.
More than just sound
Your ears are the instruments used by your brain to observe the sounds that surround you. The mechanism behind how sound is converted into electrical signals your brain can detect is simply amazing. However, your ears aren’t just for listening.
Your ear is studied in three sections named the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Within each of your inner ears are three semicircular canals (the three looped tubes) that are connected to a place called the vestibule. As you move around and tilt your head, the fluid inside the vestibule and three semicircular canals move which triggers certain sensors that tell your brain about the movement. Your brain then uses that information to tell your muscles how to adjust your body accordingly. This is why you feel dizzy after spinning around a lot (because the fluid tere is still spinning even if you stopped). Without your ears, we would never be able to stand up straight on our two feet.
Be careful when cleaning
To protect your ears from dirt getting in, they produce earwax. As it is produced the earwax is slowly pushed out and is washed away when you bathe and clean your ears or fall off naturally.
Some people think they need to clean off the wax by putting tools in the ear to clean the inside. Some even use cotton buds (Q tips) to clean inside their ears or scratch the inside of their ear using their fingers. The truth is you should never put anything inside your ear. Doing so can damage your ear and your hearing. Putting a cotton bud inside could even push the earwax further inside as well.
If you have problems with hearing, then there might be some earwax buildup inside. If so, then talk with your family doctor. He will know how to clear out any earwax blockage safely without hurting your ears.
If you have your ears pierced, then make sure to take care of them very well. If you have freshly pierced ears, leave your earrings on until they are completely healed. Also, make sure to do all you can to avoid any infections from happening. Use rubbing alcohol and disinfect your piercings everyday (with your earrings on) and don’t forget to disinfect both sides of your earlobe.
If you like to swim, then make sure you’re taking good care of your ears. Don’t swim in lakes, ponds or rivers with lots of bacteria. They could get inside your ear and cause infections.
If you swim often, then make sure you dry your ears after swimming to avoid an infection commonly known as swimmer’s ear. After swimming, tilt your head to each side and let gravity drain the water from inside your ear. Use a towel to gently dry the outside of your ear. A hair dryer could also be used at the lowest setting, held from a distance (12 inches) to blow hot air into your ear to help speed up the drying.
Stay away from loud noises
Loud noises can damage your ears. If you’re in a concert or stadium, then try to stay away from the really loud speakers. Don’t use headphones or earplugs to listen to music for too long. It’s okay to enjoy music or loud sounds around you, but make sure you don’t spend too much time and damage your hearing.
You don’t need to do much to take care of your ears. However, the small things we can do to protect our ears are important to have happy, healthy hearing.