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Take Good Care of Your Ears

A few years ago, I went for a hearing test. During the test, I had a bad feeling because I had difficulty listening to some of the sounds. The result: my hearing test was marginally passed.

Another bad news: I read from an article in the newspaper that the harm caused by exposure to loud noise is cumulative. That means my hearing problem can only get worse, not better.

Root cause

I listened to songs using earpiece for at least six hours everyday during my school days (higher primary school and secondary school). My parents did not warn me about hearing loss at that time. When I read about hearing loss, I believe the damage has already been done.

I took some time to kick the bad habit of listening to songs using earpiece, starting from lowering down the volume, then slowly to not using earpiece. I listened to songs while doing homework. Thus, when I started working, without homework, I only listened to radio without earpiece.

A few years of peace until I got a job in a manufacturing plant where I needed to walk past the noisy production department to get to my department. No one will think that it is a big problem, since I am just walking past the area a few times in a day. So, no earplug to protect my ears. Furthermore, my ears have not been exposed to loud music for a few years, they should have “recovered”, right?

Steps to reduce the risks

No, they do not recover. My hearing test was marginally passed. What I can do now is to

1. Cover my ears whenever there is loud noise. Using earplugs to protect your ears is recommended.

2. Keep myself away from earpiece.

3. Keep every electronics device to lower volume.

4. Use speaker function on the phone if possible.

5. Avoid noisy environment if possible.

There is nothing I can do to reverse the damage done to my ears, I can only do my best not to hurt them anymore. If you read this post, please alert yourself and your loved ones on the risk of using earpiece and exposure to loud noise. Start as early as possible to protect your ears because the damage is irreversible.

Haze is here, take cover!

Due to the haze problem in Singapore and Malaysia, this blog is having Haze Holiday until further notice.

Okay, just kidding. Nonetheless, I do need a break after publishing this post due to an exam on 28 June. It is not a matter of life and death, but since I have paid for the course, I am obliged to pass the exam.

While I am taking cover, please do the following:

  1. Drink more water than usual
  2. Limit outdoor activities, whenever it is possible. I know, adults need to go to work, so wear the face mask when you are outdoors. For children, outdoor activities can wait, so please stay indoors.
  3. Check out NEA website on PSI reading. Though currently we are only getting the 3-hour (average) PSI reading, at least we can keep track on the reading and keep on repeating item 1 and item 2 until the reading goes down to normal. When you are tired of item 1 and item 2, go to item 4.
  4. Read my previous posts. Up to now, I have more than 40 posts. Hopefully by the end of reading 2 posts per day, the haze problem is gone. *Keeping my fingers crossed*
  5. Eyes are exposed to the small particles in air because they are not covered by the mask. Our eyes have the tears mechanism which helps to protect the eyes. If your eyes still feel uncomfortable, do not rub with your fingers, try to wash them with running water (with eyes closed).

(I was thinking of deleting this post after my “hibernation”, on second thought, maybe I should keep this to remind us of the haze problem.)

Updates: The PSI value went down to below 100 since 22 June afternoon. Though up and down throughout the week, it is still below 100 (as of 28 June, 9pm).

My oral exam is done, and the written exam on 5 July is also done. The results: as of 11 July, I do not know yet.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

Dengue, hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), different types of flu, diarrhea, cough and etc., these illnesses can be prevented by daily precautions and good hygiene. Early prevention is more important and significant for high-risk group, such as children, older adults and pregnant women.

Simple steps for prevention:
1. Drink more water

2. Frequent hand-washing
Before and after eating, after using the toilet, after blowing nose, etc.

3. Use hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes

4. When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose with tissue
Go out with a pack of tissues. After using the tissue, throw the tissue into trash bin.

5. Keep your hands away from your face, especially eyes and mouth.
Hands are often covered in germs.

6. Stay current on vaccinations, especially for high-risk group

7. Get sufficient sleep
Resting not only prevents, it also helps in faster recovery if you are sick.

8. Eat a healthy diet

9. Exercise often

10. Keep your house clean and reduce stagnant water in your surrounding

11. Prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent

12. Take note of weather change and wear appropriate clothing

With simple steps, we can prevent illnesses at an early stage. Prevention is better than cure. Ignorance and carelessness not only bring suffering and misery to oneself, also to family members.