Typically, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is try to limit the damage. After all, you can take some easy measures to prevent additional damage and safeguard your ears.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those initial hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? But it’s actually the inner ear we’re worried about cleaning in terms of hearing health, not behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax buildup can help your hearing in several distinctive ways:
- Unkempt ears raise your chances of developing an ear infection, which leads to inflammation that (when serious enough) impedes your hearing. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax accumulation can hinder its function also. You may end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- Your brain and ability to decipher sound will inevitably be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax accumulation. This reduces your ability to hear.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s definitely not recommended that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Added damage can be done by cotton swabs and they will often worsen your ability to hear. Instead, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so intuitive. But knowing how loud is too loud is the real issue for most individuals. As an example, freeway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over an extended time period. Also, believe it or not, your lawn mower can take a toll on your hearing. As you can tell, it’s not just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Some useful ways to escape damaging noises include:
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep your headphone volume at a manageable level. When hazardous levels are being reached, most phones have a built in warning.
- When decibel levels get too high, an app on your phone can notify you of that.
- When you can’t steer clear of loud environments, wear hearing protection. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s fun. But be sure to wear the appropriate protection for your ears. Modern earmuffs and earplugs offer abundant protection.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t happen all of a sudden, it progresses gradually. So, even if your hearing “feels” good after a noisy event, it may not be. Only a hearing professional can give your ears a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Have it Addressed
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So, the earlier you catch the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing additional damage. So in terms of stopping hearing loss, treatment is so important. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you find and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s how treatments work:
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. Hearing aids will, for example, allow you to listen to music or the TV at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Because hearing aids counter this damage, they can also prevent further decline of your hearing.
- We can give personalized guidance and advice to help you avoid added damage to your hearing.
- Hearing aids stop the brain strain and social solitude that exacerbate hearing loss-related health problems.
You Will be Benefited in The Future by Limiting Hearing Loss
Although we can’t cure hearing loss, further damage can be prevented with treatment. In many situations, hearing aids are one of the principal ways to achieve that. The correct treatment will help you maintain your present level of hearing and stop it from worsening.
Your allowing yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.