3 Things Your Ears Wish They Could Tell You
20 Jul 2015

3 Things Your Ears Wish They Could Tell You

20 Jul 2015

Have you ever looked in the face of your dog and wished he could tell you what he was thinking? This would be especially helpful when he’s digging in the yard, pulling on the leash, or eating your favorite pair of shoes.

It’s easy to be frustrated, but instead we have to make a concerted effort to get to know his signals and needs.

Are you doing the same for your ears? Listen Carefully is here to show you how!

If you’re hearing radio silence right now, you’re not alone. Most of us don’t give ears a second thought except when they send signals we can’t ignore, like ringing caused by tinnitus.

And the Listen Carefully team is willing to bet you’re not pondering the deep wonders of your cochlear canal while brushing your teeth at night.

But have no fear, because we happen to be fluent in all things ear, so we’ve developed a quick cheat sheet to help you communicate!

If Your Ears Could Talk, Here’s What They Would Say

We don’t pretend to believe that ears can actually talk, but they do have something to say. In addition to letting you in on a few secrets of ear-speak, we’ve also armed with you with responses. Just follow our lead and your ears will thank you!

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  1. We’re not as dirty as you think.

Have you been taught to clean your ears with a Q-tip? It can be a satisfying endeavor to have your inner ear canal feel squeaky clean, and for most of us, this habit began at a young age.

But earwax is actually good for your ears! It protects the skin of your ear canal, and offers protection from bacteria and water. If left alone, earwax will naturally migrate out of your ear as your jaw moves throughout the day, so there’s no need to push a Q-tip around your ear canal, which can actually push wax further into your ear, causing trauma to the canal wall or eardrum.

How to respond:

The best way to clean your ears? Just use a washcloth or tissue to wipe the outer ear after your shower. Bonus: You’ll save money not having to buy boxes of Q-tips!


 

  1. We’re completely under appreciated.

Ears are pretty amazing, and often provide functions we’re not even aware of.

For example, did you know hearing helps you balance?

The inner ear has two functions, hearing and…balance! If you could see inside your inner ear, you’d find tiny, responsive hair cells that transport movement information and signals directly to your brain.

Once the brain receives the messages, it processes them and works with your other senses to send signals to your muscles, keeping you balanced during daily life. Every activities from walking to dancing to playing sports is supported by hearing!

How to respond:

When you appreciate something, you take better care of it, right? After buying a new car, you wash it every week. After signing up for a half marathon, you train and eat well.

Hearing doesn’t need to be top of mind every day, but becoming aware of how important it is can help trigger you to take better care of your ears in loud situations.

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  1. We don’t get better with age.

Great genes might run in your family, but they can’t protect you from hearing damage unless you start taking preventative measures today.

How to respond:

Taking care of your overall ear health is critical. Noise-induced hearing loss affects 1 out of every 6 teenagers (LC LINK HEARD), and the numbers are rising thanks to our reliance on technology (like headphones and speaker systems) and affection for attending live concerts.

Life is loud, and turning down the volume on your phone, in the car, and wearing hearing protection while listening to your favorite band will help save your hearing.

 


References
Rabinowitz, Peter M. “Noise-induced hearing loss.” American family physician61.9 (2000): 2759-2760.
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