Having had glasses since I was 11, my eyesight is something that I’m very conscious of taking care of. I have regular eye tests to make sure that I have the correct prescription and try to limit screen time to avoid eye strain. However, in recent years, it’s also occured to me that I probably need to think about my hearing.

I often put the subtitles on as I realise I’m struggling to catch every word and although I don’t think I’m quite ready for hearing aids yet, a youth spent at gigs and in noisy clubs has probably done me few favours! With this in mind, I thought I’d take a look at some ways that I can naturally improve my hearing, and ‘m sharing some of my ideas so that you can benefit too.

Ear Wax Microsuction

Many people ignore the fact that cotton buds are actually really bad for your ears, and far from helping to clean your ear canals, they can actually cause ear wax to become impacted, which really affects your hearing. One way to deal with this is with ear wax microsuction – it’s a gentle, clinical way to remove ear wax which will improve your hearing and your ear health.

Headphone Usage

You know those warnings that come up when you try to turn your volume up when you have headphones on, telling you that it can damage your hearing? Believe it or not, they’re true! (sarcasm intended…). Using headphones at high volumes for prolonged periods can have a profound affect on your hearing so try to listen without headphones when you can and limit your volume if headphones are a must.

Quit Smoking

I know it seems like everything is a reason to quit smoking (I mean, seriously though, how many more reasons do you need?!) but smoking can drastically increase your risk of hearing loss – by almost double.

“That’s because blood flow and oxygen are crucial to maintaining healthy cells in your inner ear, and both are hampered by nicotine and carbon monoxide. Smoking also irritates the lining of your middle ear and disturbs the normal function of your Eustachian tube.”[1]

Think About Vitamins

There are a number of vitamins and minerals which are linked to good ear health, such as folic acid, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins. Obviously, the best way to make sure you get these is through a balanced and healthy diet, but if you feel like you might be lacking something, adding a good multivitamin supplement to your diet could be really beneficial.

Have a Hearing Test

Just like eye tests, hearing tests help you to keep abreast of your health and will help to identify any early signs of hearing loss. Hearing tests are cheap, quick and painless and will let you know if you need a little help with your hearing. You might think you don’t need one, but as with everything else, prevention is better than cure, so get your ears looked at before you have a serious problem.