It was reported by the Pan American Health Organization at the moment More than 1.5 billion people worldwide have some degree of hearing loss. Until 2050 one in four people will have hearing problemsAccording to the World Health Organization, these health problems are gradually increasing. For this reason, Every March 3, World Hearing Day, promotes the importance of integrating hearing care.

Otorhinolaryngologist Luis Escobar states that in the Ecuadorian context there are six main causes of hearing loss. One of them is presbycusisthis is age-related hearing loss, the leading cause of deafness, affecting more than 40% of people over the age of 60.

On the other side, hereditary factors and certain ear infections which are not well healed are negative for hearing. Likewise, exposure to noise very strong can damage the inner structure of the ear. Except, consumption of alcohol, tobacco and suffering from diabetes They also affect the ear.

Hearing loss is also related with impaired brain functions, even studies suggest that untreated patients can develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. It is also documented that increases the risk of falls and accidents“, explains Doctor Escobar.

How to clean ears?

“Never use a cotton swab or Q-tip.” This is because all you are getting is pushing the wax and over time a plug will form. Experts recommend cleaning after each bath, using a damp washcloth, gently cleaning around the outer ear to collect the accumulated wax there. “Never put a tissue in your ear,” points out Escobar.

Tips for caring for your ears and hearing