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Posts for: September, 2020

By Dr. Christina M McAlpin
September 17, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages and losing your hearing can leave you feeling isolated from friends and family. Aging isn’t the only cause of hearing loss. It can be caused by trauma to the head, illness, or working in a noisy environment. One important thing to remember if you are losing your hearing is that you are not alone, there are medical experts who can help you. Dr. Christina M. McAlpin is a Los Angeles-based doctor who knows how important it is to get the right care for hearing loss.

How to Protect Your Hearing

Los Angeles residents can reduce their risk of hearing loss with the following practices:

  • Use earplugs: If you work or play in a noisy environment, protect your hearing with earplugs. If you are having to shout to the person next to you because of noises such as music at a club or concert, chain saws, lawnmowers, or factory equipment, you are experiencing a dangerous level of sound.
  • Keep your volume down: You may love to listen to your favorite tunes through your earbuds or headphones but if you want to take care of your ears, medical experts recommend that you keep your volume level below 60% and don’t listen any longer than 60 minutes per day.
  • Don’t use cotton swabs: Many people use swabs to clean wax from their ear canal but it is unnecessary and can even be dangerous. Your ears are designed to self-clean and wax is important for preventing dust and other small particles from entering your ear canal where it can be harmful. If you think you have excess wax, the best solution is to seek medical help.
  • Keep your ears dry: Too much moisture in your ears can lead to a build-up of bacteria that can attack the inner ear canal causing severe infection and affecting your hearing. Always dry your ears carefully after swimming.
  • Stay active: You may not realize it, but exercise is good for your ears. Whether you prefer cycling, running, or walking, cardio exercises get your blood pumping throughout your body and that means your ears too.
  • Get regular screenings: Your ENT physician can conduct a hearing test as part of your regular check-up. This way you can take action as soon as any hearing loss is detected.

Don’t let hearing loss take over your life. Call Dr. McAlpin on (213) 745-4060 and let her help you get back on the path to hearing.