During the early days of a child, its senses (like hearing) are still developing. But over time, these senses will equip your brain to adapt with the living conditions of your surrounding environment. As far as the sense of hearing is concerned, it is very important in dealing with the daily challenges of life. Aside from being a vital means of communication, hearing allows you to sense and determine a particular object, like for instance the ringing of your phone.
But since children are not yet fully aware of the importance of hearing, aside from playing, they don’t put extra care to protect this vital sensory mechanism. As adults, we give and provide ways on how to protect our child’s hearing, such as:
- Periodic cleaning of the ears and ear canals
For adults, especially to all parents out there, it is our responsibility to make sure that our child’s ears are clean. We can simply accomplish this with the use of ear buds. While children can also do this on their own, it is very important that we do it first for them. Teaching them the right way is very vital, especially when it comes to the ear canal. You must emphasize that cleaning the ear canals has its limitation where cleaning in further inside may cause some damage.
While this may seem very easy to do, this is also one of neglected cares that we give to our children. In effect, mucus and other foreign substance may pile up in the ear blocking any sound coming from the outside.
- Non-exposure to Loud/Noisy Environments
This is one of the scenarios that we often neglect and puts our children to the possibility of hearing damage. Noisy environments (name it and there’s a ton of them: like streets, highways, parties, gatherings etc.) produces sound waves that may potentially damage our hearing system. The problem with these noisy environments is that we are already attuned to it and has become a part of our daily life. This could also be the reason why we need loud and noisy sound for us to understand a message being conveyed.
As a best practice and for your hearing system to take a break, visiting quite places such as the beach or nature parks can be a good stimulant and hasten your body to rejuvenate and reproduce new auditory cells.
- Use of hearing protectors
This is the ones you use when you visit a gun firing range. However, this does not mean that the firing range is the only place to wear hearing protectors. As discussed earlier, we are already attuned to noisy environments and wearing a hearing protector is fast becoming a trend in today’s noisy world.
Hearing protectors comes in the form of ear plugs, ear foams or ear muffs. While they may seem effective in filtering out loud sound, using them requires some restriction especially if you are dealing in a public place. For example, you do not want to use ear plugs when driving your car in the highway. Just make sure you purchase a good quality pair of hearing protecters for your child.
- Limit the use of Headphones
In today’s era of modern technology, headphones are fast becoming a necessity to the young generation. Of course, you can easily reap the benefits of having your own headphones where you can listen to your favorite music while you are stuck in heavy traffic. However, you must take note, that although most modern headphones produce quality and crisp audio, they are also very loud. In fact, you can clearly hear the music coming out of a headphone and just imagine if it was worn inside your ears.
At the end of the day, you will realize that our world is becoming noisier and noisier every day and we can do nothing about it. While it may be true, there are other things that you still can do to protect your child’s hearing. Like for example, make sure that when you come home and rest to the quite refuge of your room, read a book and spend some quite time with your children.