Normally, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is attempt to limit the damage. There are, after all, some simple measures you can take to safeguard your hearing and minimize further hearing loss.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Remember learning to be certain you clean behind your ears when you learned basic hygiene (or at least should have learned). When it comes to hearing health, however, we’re not concerned with the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
Keeping your ears clear of wax accumulation can help your hearing in many different ways:
- Your hearing can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be caused by unclean ears. When your ear infection clears, your normal hearing will usually return.
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. As a result, your ability to hear becomes weakened.
- Earwax accumulation also inhibits the operation of your hearing aid if you have one. This could make it seem like your hearing is getting worse.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will inevitably be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
If you find earwax buildup, it’s absolutely not recommended that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Added damage can be done by cotton swabs and they will frequently make it even harder to hear. Alternatively, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so intuitive. The issue is that most people are hard-pressed to define what a “loud noise” actually is. As an example, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your hearing over a long time period. Also, surprisingly, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing impairment.
Some useful ways to avoid harmful noises include:
- Wearing hearing protection when noisy environments can’t be avoided. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s great. But be sure to use the proper protection for your ears. Contemporary earmuffs and earplugs provide abundant protection.
- Refraining from turning the volume up on your headphones when you’re watching videos or listening to music. Most phones feature built-in warnings when you’re nearing a dangerous level.
- Making use of an app on your phone to alert you when volume levels get to dangerous levels.
The damage to your ears from loud sounds will build up slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” okay after a loud event, that doesn’t mean it is. Only a hearing specialist can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Get it Addressed
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So catching any damage early on will help prevent additional injury. That’s why treatment is incredibly important in terms of limiting hearing loss. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you seek out and follow through on practical treatment.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can provide personalized guidelines and advice to help you prevent added damage to your ears.
- The potential of developing hearing loss related health problems is diminished by wearing hearing aids because they prevent social isolation and brain strain.
- Hearing aids can prevent some, but not all, damage. Hearing aids will, for example, let you listen to music or the TV at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also stop further degeneration of your hearing.
Limiting Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Even though we can’t cure hearing loss, additional damage can be avoided with treatment. In many situations, hearing aids are one of the primary ways to accomplish that. The correct treatment will help you maintain your present level of hearing and prevent it from worsening.
Your giving yourself the best possibility for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the correct treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.