Dizziness, vertigo, and unsteadiness are persistent symptoms in the general population and the medical office. They generate uneasiness, insecurity, and fear, especially that dizziness of sudden onset.
When one thinks of balance, it seems that the role of the ears does not come to mind. But the ears are not only indispensable for hearing; they are also crucial for maintaining balance thanks to the vestibulocochlear nerve. This nerve tells the brain to control the auditory function and helps with balance.
To take proper care of your hearing, we suggest you:
Stay away from loud noises.
Loud noises such as those generated by a concert, loud music, or those of an industrial nature such as construction or aviation can severely damage your ears and cause permanent damage. As far as possible, try to stay away from them, and if this is not possible, wear specialized hearing protection.
Beware of television and headphones
Try not to set the volume of television and music too high. On the other hand, it is not advisable to have several sound devices running simultaneously. Be especially careful with this if you use headphones. In this case, try not to increase the volume above 60%; you should always be able to hear the sounds that occur around you and do not use them for more than one hour a day.
Never insert foreign objects into the ear canal.
Some people use an object, such as a hairpin, to scratch their ears, but you should always avoid this, as you could damage the inner membrane.
It is also not suitable for ear care to use cotton swabs to remove earwax, as this will only cause it to move further inward.
Instead, if your outer ear feels clogged, it is best to heat two to three tablespoons of the oil of your choice, but be careful that it is not too hot. First, test it on your hand or wrist to ensure it is at a safe temperature and will not irritate your skin. Then, use an eyedropper to place one to two drops in your ear. Keep your head tilted for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat the procedure a couple of times a day for up to 5 days until the blockage improves.
You can also apply drops of hydrogen peroxide or otic carbamide peroxide in the ear. First, combine the peroxide with warm water in a bowl. Then, use just a couple of drops in each ear. You will probably feel fizzing; let the sensation pass and hold your head at an angle until it stops.
Irrigating your ear can also help after you’ve made some progress with the blockage. You can do this at home with over-the-counter products. When the earwax is soft, irrigation can help rinse it out.
Look for an ear spray cleaner; besides having a much more practical and easy application, you will find a great offer in the pharmacy. It is advisable to look for an ear spray cleaner with natural and hypoallergenic ingredients, and do not forget to use it according to the instructions.
It is important to remember that the ear is a susceptible part of the body. Therefore, most otolaryngologists do not recommend that patients regularly clean their ears. When cleaning your ear, be sure to do so gently and do not insert your fingers. When washing the ear, only use a warm, damp cloth on the outside of the ear.
Be alert; if you have hearing loss, dizziness, ear pain, ringing, or discharge, it is best to see a specialist.