Typically, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is attempt to control the damage. There are, in fact, some simple measures you can take to protect your ears and limit further hearing loss.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those early hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? With regards to hearing health, though, we aren’t concerned with the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
Keeping your ears free of wax accumulation can help your hearing in many distinctive ways:
- When wax buildup becomes substantial, it can stop sound from reaching your inner ear. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will inevitably be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
- Earwax buildup also inhibits the operation of your hearing aid if you use one. This could make it seem as if your hearing is getting worse.
- Untidy ears increase your chances of developing an ear infection, which produces inflammation that (when severe enough) impedes your hearing. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s absolutely not advisable 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 better decision.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so obvious. But identifying how loud is too loud is the real problem for most people. For example, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your hearing over a long period of time. Also, believe it or not, your lawn mower can take a toll on your hearing. As you can tell, it isn’t just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that harm your ears.
Here are some ways to avoid damaging noise:
- Refraining from cranking up the volume on your headphones when you’re watching videos or listening to music. Most phones include built-in warnings when you’re approaching a dangerous threshold.
- Wearing ear protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s cool. But be sure to wear the appropriate protection for your hearing. A perfect illustration would be earmuffs and earplugs.
- Making use of an app on your phone to warn you when volume levels reach dangerous thresholds.
The damage to your ears from loud sounds will build up slowly. So if you’ve attended a noisy event, you might have done damage even if you don’t notice it. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Get it Treated
Hearing impairment accumulates generally speaking. So, the earlier you catch the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent further damage. So in terms of slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so essential. Practical treatments (that you follow through with) will put your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by using hearing aids. For instance, hearing aids will prevent you from turning your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further deterioration of your hearing.
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health issues is diminished by using hearing aids because they minimize social isolation and brain strain.
- Our advice will help you learn to safeguard your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
Decreasing Hearing Loss Will Benefit You in The Future
Although we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, additional damage can be avoided with treatment. One of the principal ways to do that, in many situations, is hearing aids. Getting the necessary treatment will not only stop further damage but also keep your present hearing level in tact.
Your giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the proper treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.