Usually, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is attempt to minimize the damage. After all, you can take some easy measures to avoid additional damage and safeguard your ears.
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). But it’s actually the inner ear we’re concerned with keeping clean in terms of hearing health, not behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax buildup can help your hearing in many distinctive ways:
- Unkempt ears increase your chances of getting an ear infection, which leads to inflammation that (when severe enough) impedes your ability to hear. When your ear infection clears, your normal hearing will normally come back.
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax buildup can interfere with its function also. This could make it seem as though your hearing is getting worse.
- When wax buildup becomes substantial, it can prevent sound from reaching your inner ear. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- Over time, untreated hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
You never turn to using a cotton swab to attempt to dig out excess earwax. Additional damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will frequently worsen your ability to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter opinion.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so obvious it almost shouldn’t be listed. But determining how loud is too loud is the real difficulty for most people. Over an extended time period, for instance, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. Also, surprisingly, your lawn mower can take a toll on your hearing. Clearly, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing loss.
Some useful ways to stay away from harmful noises include:
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. Most phones have built-in alerts when you’re nearing a dangerous threshold.
- When you can’t avoid noisy settings, wear hearing protection. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Going to a rock concert? That’s fun. But be sure to wear the appropriate protection for your ears. Contemporary earplugs and earmuffs offer abundant protection.
- Making use of an app on your phone to warn you when decibel levels reach dangerous thresholds.
The damage to your hearing from loud sounds will develop gradually. So if you’ve attended 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 specialist.
Step #3: Treat Any Hearing Impairment You May Have
Generally speaking, hearing loss is cumulative. So, the sooner you recognize the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent additional damage. So in terms of stopping hearing loss, treatment is so significant. Practical treatments (that you follow through with) will leave your hearing in the best possible shape.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can give personalized guidance and advice to help you prevent further damage to your hearing.
- Hearing aids stop the brain strain and social isolation that exacerbate hearing loss-related health issues.
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. Hearing aids will, for instance, allow you to listen to the TV or music at a lower volume, preventing damage. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also stop further decline of your hearing.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
While it’s true that there’s no cure for hearing loss, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help stop additional damage. One of the principal ways to do that, in many situations, is hearing aids. Getting the proper treatment will not only stop additional damage but also keep your current hearing level in tact.
When you wear hearing protection, exercise good hygiene, and pursue hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the appropriate steps to minimize hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the future.