Typically, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is try to limit the damage. There are, in fact, some straightforward measures you can take to protect your ears and minimize further hearing loss.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Remember learning to be certain you clean behind your ears when you learned general hygiene (or at least should have learned). When it comes to hearing health, though, we aren’t worried about the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
There are numerous ways that keeping your ears free from wax can assist your hearing:
- Earwax accumulation also interferes with the functionality of your hearing aid if you have one. This may make it seem as though your hearing is getting worse.
- When wax buildup becomes substantial, it can block sound from reaching your inner ear. As a result, your hearing becomes diminished.
- Your hearing can also be impeded if you get a serious ear infection which can also be caused by dirty ears. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.
- Your brain and ability to decipher sound will ultimately be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
You never turn to the use of a cotton swab to try and dig out built up earwax. Added damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will frequently worsen your ability to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a better opinion.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so obvious. The problem is that most individuals aren’t entirely certain what a “loud noise” actually is. For example, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over an extended time period. The motor on your lawnmower can be rather taxing on your ears, too. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing loss.
Here are a few ways to stay away from damaging noise:
- Wearing hearing protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Do you really want to go to that rock concert? That’s great. But be sure to use the proper protection for your ears. A perfect illustration would be earmuffs and earplugs.
- Utilizing an app on your phone to warn you when volume levels reach dangerous thresholds.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep your headphone volume at a manageable level. When dangerous volumes are being reached, most phones come with a built in warning.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t happen all of a sudden, it progresses gradually. So if you’ve been to a loud event, you could have done damage even if you don’t detect it. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing professional.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Have it Addressed
In general, hearing loss is cumulative. So catching any damage early on will go a long way to preventing additional injury. That’s why treatment is tremendously important in terms of limiting hearing loss. Practical treatments (on which you follow through) will keep your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can provide individualized instructions and advice to help you avoid further damage to your ears.
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from turning your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will counter further deterioration of your hearing by preventing this damage.
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health issues is reduced by wearing hearing aids because they prevent social solitude and brain strain.
Limiting Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Even though we can’t cure hearing loss, further damage can be avoided with treatment. One of the primary ways to do that, in many instances, is hearing aids. The right treatment will help you preserve your current level of hearing and stop it from getting worse.
Your allowing yourself the best chance for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and exercising good hearing hygiene.