TOP tips to keep your ears and hearing healthy:
1. Wear earplugs
Over a third of Australians have experienced some form of noise damage to their hearing but it's entirely preventable.
When working with loud machinery, in a club or anywhere with loud noise, for an extended period of time, wear earplugs or ear muffs and take hourly 10-minute breaks from the noise.
2. Turn it down
Attending concerts and listening to music through headphones with the volume on high can damage hearing. Set music at a moderate level and avoid using it to drown out other noises.
3. Clean your ears
Another important factor in preventing hearing loss is to keep ears clean. They are mostly self-cleaning, but avoid infections by not swimming in dirty water and treat infections in near the upper respiratory tract so they don't spread to the ear.
4. Painful ears? Ask an expert.
Ear infections can cause temporary hearing problems. Children under seven are more prone to ear infections so if they are not hearing or if they tug or poke their ears, it may be worth visiting the GP.
5. Check your hearing
If hearing conversations is becoming difficult or if you say "pardon?" a lot, get a hearing check as soon as possible. For those over 60, it's also worthwhile to have an annual hearing check-up.
To book a free hearing check-up at Australian Hearing Toowoomba, call 46941000.