Normally, 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 simple steps to prevent further damage and safeguard your ears.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Remember learning to be certain you clean behind your ears when you learned basic hygiene (or at least should have learned). But it’s actually the inner ear we’re worried about cleaning when it comes to hearing health, rather than behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax accumulation can help your hearing in several distinctive ways:
- Untidy ears increase your chances of developing an ear infection, which causes inflammation that (when severe enough) interferes with your hearing. When your ear infection goes away, your normal hearing will usually come back.
- Over time, untreated hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax buildup can hinder its function also. You may end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
You never turn to the use of a cotton swab to try and dig out built up earwax. Added damage can be done by cotton swabs and they will often make it even harder to hear. Alternatively, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so intuitive it almost shouldn’t be on the list. But knowing how loud is too loud is the real difficulty for most individuals. Over an extended period of time, for instance, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. Your lawnmower motor can be rather taxing on your ears, as well. As you can see, it’s not just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Some practical ways to stay away from harmful noises include:
- When decibel levels get too high, an app on your phone can warn you of that.
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. Most phones feature built-in warnings when you’re nearing a dangerous level.
- Using hearing protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Going to see a rock concert? That’s cool. Just use the necessary ear protection. A perfect illustration would be earmuffs and earplugs.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t develop abruptly, it progresses slowly. So, even if your hearing “seems” fine after a loud event, it may not be. Only a hearing specialist can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Have it Treated
Hearing loss accumulates most of the time. So, the earlier you recognize the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing further damage. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so essential. Practical treatments (on which you follow through) will put your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s what you can expect:
- We can provide individualized guidance and advice to help you avoid added damage to your ears.
- Hearing aids prevent the brain strain and social solitude that exacerbate hearing loss-related health issues.
- Some, but not all damage can be prevented by using hearing aids. Hearing aids will, for example, allow you to listen to the TV or music at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Hearing aids will counter further deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
Decreasing Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Future
Even though it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help stop further damage. In many cases, hearing aids are one of the main ways to accomplish that. Getting the necessary treatment will not only stop additional damage but also keep your current hearing level intact.
Your giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing into the future by wearing ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and exercising good hearing hygiene.