The first thing to do, when you start to identify that you have hearing loss, is to eliminate further damage. There are, in fact, some simple measures you can take to protect your hearing and minimize further hearing loss.
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 in terms of hearing health, rather than behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax accumulation can help your hearing in a number of distinctive ways:
- Earwax buildup also interferes with the operation of your hearing aid if you have one. This may make it seem as if your hearing is getting worse.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will ultimately be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
- When wax buildup becomes significant, it can block sound from reaching your inner ear. Consequently, your ability to hear becomes weakened.
- Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be caused by unclean ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
You never resort to using a cotton swab to attempt to dig out excess earwax. Further damage can be done by cotton swabs and they will often make it even harder to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter idea.
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. For instance, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over a long period of time. Your lawnmower motor can be fairly taxing on your ears, as well. Clearly, 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:
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep your headphone volume at a manageable level. Most phones feature built-in alerts when you’re nearing a dangerous threshold.
- When decibel levels get too high, an app on your phone can alert you of that.
- When you can’t steer clear of noisy settings, wear hearing protection. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Do you really want to go to that rock concert? That’s fun. But be certain to wear the correct protection for your ears. A perfect illustration would be earplugs or earmuffs.
The damage to your ears from loud noises will build up slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” good after a noisy event, it may not be. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing professional.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Have it Treated
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So recognizing any damage early on will help prevent additional injury. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so significant. Effective treatments (on which you follow through) will keep your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s how treatments work:
- Our guidance will help you learn to protect your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
- Hearing aids can prevent some, but not all, damage. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Hearing aids will counter additional deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
- Hearing aids stop the brain strain and social solitude that exacerbate hearing loss-related health problems.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Although we can’t cure hearing loss, additional damage can be avoided with treatment. In many instances, hearing aids are one of the primary ways to achieve that. The right treatment will help you maintain your present level of hearing and prevent it from getting worse.
Your giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.