Most of us take it for granted, but our hearing is so crucial. Imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t hear your children say they love you, listen to your favorite music or even have a conversation with your nearest and dearest. It would be pretty devastating for an adult, but as a child, losing your hearing would be utterly terrifying. That’s why, as a parent, it is so important that you take good care of your kids’ ears.
Here are some important things you can do to take care of your children’s ears and help to protect their hearing:
Keep Them Clean
Ear infections, which are caused by bacteria and viruses are one of the leading causes of hearing loss in people of all ages, and although they cannot always be prevented by keeping the ears clean, it will certainly help. So, every time you wash your children’s faces, ensure that you give their ears a quick clean too. If they’re old enough to wash themselves, make sure you remind them to wash their ears, and if they’re still young check that they have done so!
Keep Things Out of the Ear Canal
When you’re cleaning your kids’ ears, you should never use a Q-tip or anything else to do so. Poking things into the ear could so easily end up in disaster – it only takes a small slip, and you’ve perforated the ear drum causing massive amounts of pain, and potentially long-term problems. Use soap and water or a special ear cleaning spray to get rid of wax and dirt
Limit the Volume on Devices
Another leading cause of hearing loss is damage resulting from loud noises. Since most of us, including our kids, have at least one electronic device, which can be used with earphones, it is therefore very important that you take the time to set sound limits on their devices, where possible, and encourage them to turn down music or movies that are too loud when you can hear the sound from their headphones leaking out.
If you take your kids to concerts where it gets deafening, you might also want to consider getting them to wear ear protection, which won’t limit their enjoyment of the event, but which will ensure that no long-term damage to the ears is caused.
See an Audiologist
If your children are complaining of pain in the ears, or if they feel like their ears are blocked, you should always take them to see a qualified Audiologist straight away. Most of the time, it will be nothing serious, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. In fact, when your children are young, you should have their hearing checked out by professionals as a matter of course, especially if you notice that they don’t always respond when you speak to them, because it might be that they have hearing problems or re partially deaf, and you will want to get that diagnosed as early as possible, so you can support them with their health issues.