On top of everything else parent shave to deal with, you need to take care of your child’s five senses. While you are likely very vigilant on sight, because we see eyes every day, you might not be as hot on hearing – until your child mentions there is a problem. When they are first born there are multiple hearing tests done, and then they slowly tail off. Unless you are on top of it, you might miss something vital. So here are sometimes about how you can take the best care of your child’s hearing.
First and foremost – book regular appointments with the nurse or doctor. Keeping regular appointments means you are far more likely to catch something early. Sometimes your child might complain of glue ear or some hearing loss, and in general, those things can be taken care of pretty quickly. However, real hearing loss happens slowly over time. So those regular appointments will help you catch any issues early.
If you are heading out to big occasions like sports matches, aircraft shows, parades and so on, then invest in some hearing protection. Hearmuffs have a range that is perfect for kids of all ages and remember your ears too! Not all noise is harmful, but loud noise over a prolonged period can cause issues.
Work with the 60/60 rule. Kids today walk around plugged into headphones constantly. So set some limits on how and when they listen. 60% volume as a maximum and for no longer than 60 minutes at a time. Maximum capacity on most technology can be very high, but most come with a color-coded warning as you adjust the volume above recommended levels. On the same note, replace any earbuds with overhead headphones instead. Earbuds are sat next to the eardrum for the entire time they are in use. Overhead headphones are also of higher quality, so they don’t need to be at a high volume, to begin with.
Rest after the noise. If you have been too loud activity, whether you used ear muffs or not at the event, you should give your ears time to recover. A few hours of no noise is perfect. If you consider most of the day from waking till bedtime there is TV, music, traffic, people, it is pretty none stop. So take some time to truly just be silent for a while.
Post bath encourage (or help) your children to gently take time to remove any water from the ear canal. Water in the ear canal is one of the fastest ways to get an ear infection or ear pain. The water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Take a dry towel and gently dry the outside of the ear and around the ear canal. If you child mentions they can still feel water in the ear, get them to lay on their side, while you slowly and gently pull the earlobe to help the water escape.
Taking care of your child’s hearing doesn’t take much but makes a lifetime of difference.