Usually, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is attempt to control the damage. After all, you can take some basic measures to prevent further damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Remember learning to make sure 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 in terms of hearing health, rather than behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax accumulation can help your hearing in several distinctive ways:
- Over time, neglected hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to interpret sounds.
- Unkempt ears raise your chances of developing an ear infection, which causes inflammation that (when severe enough) impedes your ability to hear. When your ear infection clears, your regular hearing will usually come back.
- Sound can be blocked from getting into the inner ear when there’s too much wax accumulation. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax buildup can hinder its function as well. You might end up feeling like your hearing is going downhill because of this.
You never turn to the use of a cotton swab to attempt to 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 should almost be left off the list it’s so obvious. The problem is that most people aren’t entirely certain what a “loud noise” actually is. Over a long time period, for instance, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy freeway. The motor on your lawnmower can be fairly taxing on your ears, also. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or high volume speakers that cause hearing damage.
Here are a few ways to stay away from damaging noise:
- Using hearing protection when noisy environments are unavoidable. Does your job put you on the floor of a loud manufacturing plant? Do you really want to go to that rock concert? That’s cool. Just use the necessary ear protection. Modern earmuffs and earplugs provide abundant protection.
- When decibel levels get too loud, an app on your phone can alert you of that.
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable volume. Most phones include built-in warnings when you’re approaching a dangerous threshold.
The damage to your hearing from loud sounds will develop slowly. So if you’ve attended a noisy event, you may have done damage even if you don’t detect it. Only a hearing professional can give your ears a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Get it Treated
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So, the sooner you catch the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent additional damage. So in terms of slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so significant. Your hearing will be at the greatest advantage if you seek out and follow through on practical treatment.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can provide individualized guidelines and advice to help you prevent added damage to your hearing.
- Hearing aids minimize the brain strain and social isolation that exacerbate hearing loss-related health problems.
- Some, but not all damage can be prevented by using hearing aids. Hearing aids will, for instance, let you listen to the TV or music at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Hearing aids will prevent additional deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
Limiting Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Although it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help prevent additional damage. In many cases, hearing aids are one of the primary ways to accomplish that. The correct treatment will help you preserve your current level of hearing and prevent it from getting worse.
When you use hearing protection, practice good hygiene, and obtain hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the correct measures to limit hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the years to come.