Typically, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is attempt to limit the damage. After all, you can take some easy measures to stop 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 concerned with keeping clean in terms of hearing health, not behind the ears.
Keeping your ears clear of wax buildup can help your hearing in many different ways:
- Sound can be blocked from getting into the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. Consequently, your hearing becomes diminished.
- Your ability to hear can also be impeded if you get a severe ear infection which can also be a result of dirty ears. When your ear infection goes away, your regular hearing will normally come back.
- If you use a hearing aid, earwax accumulation can interfere with its function as well. You may end up feeling like your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- In the long run, neglected hearing loss can affect your brain and your ability to interpret sounds.
If you find earwax buildup, it’s absolutely not suggested that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. In most cases, a cotton swab will make things worse or cause additional damage. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter idea.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so obvious it almost shouldn’t be listed. But identifying how loud is too loud is the real difficulty for most people. Over an extended period of time, for example, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. Also, surprisingly, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or high volume speakers that cause hearing loss.
Here are a few ways to avoid damaging noise:
- When you can’t avoid noisy environments, use hearing protection. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Going to a rock concert? That’s great. Just wear the required ear protection. Modern earplugs and earmuffs offer abundant protection.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep your headphone volume at a manageable level. When hazardous levels are being reached, most phones feature a built in warning.
- Using an app on your phone to alert you when volume levels get to hazardous thresholds.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t develop suddenly, it progresses slowly. So if you’ve been to a noisy event, you could have done damage even if you don’t notice it. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing professional.
Step #3: Address Any Hearing Impairment You Might Have
In general, hearing loss is cumulative. So, the sooner you catch the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent further damage. That’s why treatment is tremendously important in terms of limiting hearing loss. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you find and follow through on practical treatment.
Here’s what you can expect:
- We can provide personalized guidelines and advice to help you avoid further damage to your ears.
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. For instance, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will counter additional deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
- Hearing aids minimize the brain strain and social isolation that worsen hearing loss-related health issues.
Limiting Hearing Impairment 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 primary ways to do that, in many situations, is hearing aids. The correct treatment will help you preserve your present level of hearing and prevent it from worsening.
Your giving yourself the best possibility for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the correct treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.