Usually, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is try to control the damage. After all, you can take some basic actions to avoid additional damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Remember learning to make sure you clean behind your ears when you learned general hygiene (or at least should have learned). In terms of hearing health, however, we’re not worried about the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
There are numerous ways that keeping your ears free of wax can assist your hearing:
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax accumulation can hinder its function as well. This might make it seem as if your hearing is getting worse.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will inevitably be affected by untreated hearing loss.
- When wax accumulation becomes significant, it can stop sound from reaching your inner ear. As a result, your hearing becomes weakened.
- Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be a result of dirty ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
If you notice earwax buildup, it’s definitely not recommended that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Added damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will frequently make it even harder to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter choice.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so intuitive it almost shouldn’t be listed. But determining how loud is too loud is the real problem for most people. For instance, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over a long period of time. Also, surprisingly, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. As you can tell, it’s not just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Here are some ways to avoid damaging noise:
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. When hazardous volumes are being reached, most phones feature a built in warning.
- When volume levels get too high, an app on your phone can alert you of that.
- When you can’t steer clear of noisy settings, use hearing protection. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s fun. But be certain to use the appropriate protection for your hearing. Modern earmuffs and earplugs supply ample protection.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t happen suddenly, it builds up slowly. So, even if your hearing “seems” fine after a loud event, it may not be. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing specialist.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Have it Addressed
In general, hearing impairment is cumulative. So recognizing any damage early will go a long way to preventing added injury. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so essential. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you find and follow through on practical treatment.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can provide individualized guidance and advice to help you prevent further damage to your ears.
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. Hearing aids will, for example, let you listen to music or the TV at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Hearing aids will counter additional deterioration of your hearing by preventing this damage.
- Hearing aids minimize the brain strain and social solitude that worsen hearing loss-related health issues.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Even though we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, additional damage can be prevented with treatment. One of the principal ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. Getting the proper treatment will not only stop additional damage but also keep your present hearing level intact.
Your giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the proper treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.