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Keep Your Ears Happy:
A Kiwi Guide to Hearing Health

Published on: 22/05/2024

Our ears are our windows to the world of sound, connecting us to music, conversations, and the symphony of nature around us. In beautiful New Zealand's bustling cities and serene landscapes, keeping our happy ears effective and kicking is essential for fully experiencing life's melody. But how do we ensure our ears remain healthy and content?

How Hearing Works

Your ears are the conductors of a symphony of sound, transforming invisible vibrations in the air into the rich music of life. It begins with your outer ear, a unique shape capturing sound waves and funnelling them inward. This sets the eardrum vibrating, which activates tiny bones in your middle ear, amplifying the sound. These vibrations then reach the inner ear's cochlea, lined with hair cells that dance like piano strings, converting vibrations into electrical signals. These signals travel to your brain, the conductor interpreting them as speech, music, laughter, and all the sounds of the world. It's a complex process, but the result is the ability to appreciate the nuances of every sound, from a whispered conversation to the roar of the ocean.

Why Happy Ears Matter

Healthy hearing isn't just about avoiding problems; it's about embracing the richness of the auditory world. Happy ears mean:

  • Stronger connections - Engage in easy conversations and enjoy shared laughter with friends.
  • Immersion in nature - Hearing the gentle rustling of leaves, the crashing waves on the coast, or the melodic calls of native birds.
  • Musical enjoyment - Appreciating the full spectrum of sounds, from a powerful haka performance to a soothing waiata.

Threats to Ear Happiness (and How to Avoid Them)

Unfortunately, several factors can disrupt ear happiness and lead to hearing loss:

  • Noise exposure - Loud concerts, power tools, and daily traffic can damage delicate ear structures. Protect your ears with earplugs or earmuffs in noisy environments.
  • Age-related changes -   As we age, our hearing naturally declines. Regular hearing check ups can help detect issues early.
  • Medical conditions - Certain illnesses and medications can affect hearing. Stay informed and discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Taking Care of Your Ears

Here are some easy ways to keep your ears happy and healthy in the New Zealand lifestyle:

  • Turn it down - Enjoy your music and entertainment at moderate volumes, especially when using headphones.
  • Take breaks - If you're exposed to loud noises at work or during leisure activities, give your ears time to rest and recover.
  • Get regular checkups - Even if you don't notice any problems, schedule hearing tests with an audiologist every few years.
  • Protect them in water - Wear earplugs when swimming or surfing to prevent water from entering your ears.
  • Maintain good overall health - A healthy body often translates to healthy ears. Exercise, eat well, and manage any existing medical conditions.
  • Keep Your Hearing Aid Powered Up - If you use a hearing aid, ensure you have a fresh supply of batteries to keep it functioning optimally. Gold Health NZ offers a convenient selection of ZeniPower hearing aid batteries in various sizes (10, 675, and 312), ensuring you never miss a beat.

When to Seek Help

If you experience ringing in your ears (tinnitus), difficulty understanding conversations, or any other hearing concerns, don't hesitate to consult an audiologist. New Zealand has excellent healthcare professionals who specialise in hearing health and can provide personalised advice and treatment options to avoid hearing loss.

Remember, happy ears are an integral part of a happy life. By taking simple steps to protect and care for your hearing, you can continue to savour the vibrant soundscape of New Zealand for years to come.

Need batteries for your hearing aid? Check out HearNZ's selection of hearing aid batteries and keep the sound flowing!

Benefits of Shopping at Gold Health and HearNZ

  • Quality Assurance - Gold Health offers products from reputable brands known for their reliability and performance.
  • Expert Advice - The team at Gold Health provides specialist advice to help you choose the best hearing aids and accessories for your needs.
  • Convenience - Shop online from the comfort of your home and have your hearing products delivered directly to your door.

Keeping your ears happy requires good ear care habits and utilising top-quality products. By taking preventative measures and staying informed, you can enjoy better hearing health and an improved quality of life.


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