Practical advice for everyone

How to care for hearing?

Good hearing is a real treasure. It is thanks to this sense that we communicate with other people, gain knowledge, develop, enjoy music and watch TV without problems. Unfortunately, we hear less and less as we get older.

About 30. by the year of life, the sense of hearing begins to age. So, over the years, our ability to hear may deteriorate due to the slow disappearance of the auditory cells in the cochlea. This is a natural process that occurs in every person, and its course is individual and depends on many factors, including how we take care of our hearing.

Avoid noise – Noise is one of the biggest threats to hearing. Therefore, people who are exposed to harsh acoustic conditions on a daily basis should wear protective headphones. Frequent listening to music through headphones, especially do-channel, also does not positively affect the ability to hear.

Provide warmth to your ears – By providing adequate protection of the ears from wind and frost, you reduce the risk of developing inflammation, which can become a direct cause of hearing loss (more on this topic: hearing loss-how to live with it; conductive hearing loss-symptoms, causes, treatment; receptive hearing.

But infections – Untreated or untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing problems, including complete deafness (more on this topic: hearing problems-how to prevent and counteract). Therefore, it is not necessary to underestimate the accompanying ear inflammation pain and discharge, as well as the recommendations of a laryngologist regarding therapy.

Take care of hygiene – It is very important to skillfully clean the ear from the wax. This should not be done with cosmetic sticks, as there is a risk of damage to the eardrum and the wax plug moving deeper into the ear canal, which can cause health problems and hearing problems.


How to care for the throat?

In the autumn-winter period, we are particularly vulnerable to viral infections, which lead to a variety of ailments, including problems with the throat.

Avoid body cooling – In autumn and winter it is not difficult to cool the body, so always remember about the appropriate clothing before leaving the house. Cooling the body leads to a sharp contraction of blood vessels, which are responsible for the proper functioning of the mucous membrane of the throat. Together with the blood is supplied not only oxygen and nutrients, but also cells of the immune system. Vasoconstriction restricts the amount of blood that flows, and therefore reduces the number of immune cells that are responsible for fighting pathogens.1

Take care of proper humidification of indoor air – Also very important is the level of air humidity in the rooms in which we stay on a daily basis. Dry air very quickly can lead to dryness of the mucous membrane of the throat, which in turn leads to irritation, hoarseness, dry cough. Moreover, the stuffy interiors create optimal conditions for the development of microbes, especially if there are many people in them. Therefore, both at home and at work, you should often ventilate the rooms in which we stay.

Breathe through your nose – We often forget how important it is to breathe nose. Meanwhile, this short section of the respiratory system is designed to heat and effectively purify the air entering the body from various contaminants, including pathogens.