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Ways to Prevent Inner Ear Problems

Unfortunately, many inner ear problems cannot be successfully/permanently treated. For instance, presbycusis or Meniere’s disease cannot be cured but can only be addressed through alleviating techniques. Many cases of inner ear disorders can be prevented though.

  1. Avoiding loud noise is the best way to avoid noise-induced hearing loss. There is no denying that exposure to loud noise is, indeed, the reason why many people succumb to loss of hearing at some point in their lives. Damage to the delicate hair cells in the cochlea is the result of too much exposure to noise. The damage cannot be repaired-damaged hair cells don’t heal themselves. As a result, noise-induced hearing loss is incurable. Experts also believe that age-related hearing loss may also be due to cumulative noise exposure.
  2. Avoid using hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax or cure infection in the ears. Studies have shown that this compound can affect the function of the inner ear and may even damage it. Go to your doctor for proper treatment of earwax impaction or ear infection. Do not self medicate.
  3. Learn that some medications can cause inner ear problems. These drugs are called ototoxic medications. NSAIDs, some chemotherapy drugs, loop diuretics, and some antibiotics have been classified as ototoxic. They cause gradual damage to the ears and may make one suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss in the long run. Report to your doctor any loss of hearing or perception of tinnitus after taking a medication. Excessive dependence on ototoxic drugs may cause permanent hearing damage according to doctors.
  4. Go to your doctor if you notice changes in your hearing, if you think your hearing has become muffled, and if people complain that you are turning the television too loud for them. You might have developed mild hearing loss. If you work in noisy factories, have your hearing assessed every year.
  5. Give your ears a rest! If you have spent several days staying in disco pubs or listening to loud music, you have to spend a good time being in a low noise environment. This allows your ears to recover from the strain of constant loud noise exposure.
  6. Vertigo is a common symptom of vestibular disorders. If you frequently suffer from bouts of dizziness or vertigo, set an appointment with your doctor. Tinnitus is another common symptom of inner ear problems, such as hearing loss, so do not hesitate to go to an audiologist for hearing assessment. Many people with tinnitus have hearing loss, so opt for hearing assessment if you have tinnitus.

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Pierced Ear Problems And Prevention Tips

The act of ear piercing dates back to several thousand years ago. From jungle tribes to desert nomads to royalty, pierced ears were signs of both beauty and social status. Ear piercing is more popular today, with both male and female having one or both ear lobes pierced. Some fundamental preventive and maintenance procedures must be observed in order to avoid and treat pierced ear problems either on the lobe or on the cartilage.

A large percentage of individuals experience some problems in the period following piercing of their ear. You’ve probably heard the saying ‘cleanliness is next to godliness.’ Here, it is suitable to say ‘cleanliness is the key to preventing pierced ear problems. It’s extremely important for the individual performing the piercing to operate in clean environment, use sterile equipment and employ a sanitary piercing approach. Ideally, piercing should be carried out in a clinical setting, but many jewelry stores in malls offer the service and this is okay only if the conditions are sanitary and the staff knowledgeable so that the risk of pierced ear problems is minimized.

Another problem that may arise from ear piercing is an allergic reaction to the metal from which the earring was made, especially nickel. The studs to be used should be hypoallergenic and wholly nickel-free; ideally, stainless, surgical steel or 14-karat gold should be used for first piercings. However, remember that even 14-karat gold can contain nickel and may cause irritation in some people. Using surgical steel is simply the safest bet to avoid pierced ear problems of this nature.

Furthermore, Redness and inflammation are two other common pierced ear problems. This can be prevented and treated if adequate hygiene is practiced. After the prescribed healing time, the earrings should be removed and the holes washed with soap and water daily. Additionally, the holes should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol, and an antibacterial ointment may also be applied to the holes before the earrings are reinserted in order to prevent infection. If infection does occur, a physician may prescribe antibiotics to treat the problem.

Pierced ears are always fashionable, and the process is almost always safe, quick and convenient. It isn’t at all difficult to care for newly pierced ears. However, it never hurts to be extra cautious and err on the side of caution rather than experience painful and inconvenient pierced ear problems.

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