Typically, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is try to control the damage. After all, you can take some basic steps to stop additional damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those initial hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? But it’s actually the inner ear we’re worried about keeping clean when it comes to hearing health, not behind the ears.
There are multiple ways that keeping your ears clear of wax can assist your hearing:
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. Consequently, your hearing becomes weakened.
- Over time, neglected hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Earwax buildup also inhibits the operation of your hearing aid if you have one. This could make it seem as if your hearing is getting worse.
- Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be a result of dirty ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s definitely 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 better decision.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so obvious it almost shouldn’t be listed. The problem is that most people are hard-pressed to define what a “loud noise” actually is. As an example, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over a long time period. The motor on your lawnmower can be pretty taxing on your ears, also. Clearly, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing loss.
Some practical ways to stay away from damaging noises include:
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. When dangerous levels are being reached, most phones have a built in warning.
- When you can’t steer clear of noisy environments, use hearing protection. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s great. But be sure to wear the appropriate protection for your ears. Contemporary earplugs and earmuffs supply ample protection.
- When volume levels get too high, an app on your phone can alert you of that.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t develop all of a sudden, it progresses slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” okay after a noisy event, it may not be. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing specialist.
Step #3: Treat Any Hearing Impairment You Might Have
In general, hearing impairment is cumulative. So catching any damage early will help prevent added injury. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so essential. Practical treatments (on which you follow through) will keep your hearing in the best possible shape.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can give individualized guidelines and advice to help you prevent added damage to your hearing.
- Some, but not all damage can be prevented by using hearing aids. Hearing aids will, for example, let you listen to the TV or music at a lower volume, avoiding damage. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further decline of your hearing.
- Hearing aids stop the brain strain and social solitude that exacerbate hearing loss-related health issues.
You Will be Benefited in The Future by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Even though we can’t cure hearing loss, further damage can be avoided with treatment. One of the primary ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. Getting the necessary treatment will not only stop additional damage but also keep your current hearing level intact.
When you wear hearing protection, exercise good hygiene, and pursue hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the appropriate measures to minimize hearing loss while also giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing in the future.