Don’t wear earphones while working out: Don’t keep your earphones plugged in while jogging, cycling or working out. Allow your ears to be exposed to fresh air. Earphones block the flow of oxygen to your lungs and defeat the very purpose of working out.
Pick the right earphone: Avoid earbud earphones and headphones. Ear-buds sit in the ear’s canal and the sound they deliver is likely to cause hearing damage. Instead, look for headphones that provide a secondary volume monitor and proper cushioning.
Avoid loud sound and overexposure: Young people with good hearing ability have tiny hair cells that line the inner ear and transmit signals to the brain, which are interpreted as sound. Loud music can flatten these hair, and cause permanent damage. A sudden loud blast may also cause hearing loss. Always wear foam or silicone plugs or ear muffs when exposed to noise.
Quit smoking: Studies indicate that smokers have a two times greater risk of hearing loss than non-smokers. Smoking hinders blood supply to the ear causing damage.
Clean ears the right way: Cleaning ears on regular basis is good but avoid excessive self removal of wax with ear buds, pins and others as it could lead to ear infections. Always consult ENT doctor for wax removal.
(With inputs from Meenakshi Wadhera, hearing therapist)