Generally, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is attempt to limit the damage. There are, after all, some straightforward measures you can take to safeguard your hearing and minimize further hearing loss.
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 concerned with keeping clean in terms of hearing health, not behind the ears.
There are multiple ways that keeping your ears clear of wax can assist your hearing:
- In the long run, untreated hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Earwax accumulation also interferes with the operation of your hearing aid if you use one. You may end up feeling like your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- Untidy ears raise your odds of developing an ear infection, which causes inflammation that (when serious enough) interferes with your hearing. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.
- When wax accumulation becomes severe, it can block sound from getting into your inner ear. This diminishes your ability to hear.
You never turn to using a cotton swab to try and dig out excess earwax. In most cases, a cotton swab will make things worse or cause additional damage. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter decision.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one is so instinctive it almost shouldn’t be on the list. But identifying how loud is too loud is the real problem for most individuals. For example, freeway driving can be loud enough to damage your hearing over a long period of time. Your lawnmower motor can be rather taxing on your ears, too. As you can see, it’s not just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Some useful ways to avoid harmful noises include:
- Refraining from turning the volume up on your headphones when you’re watching videos or listening to music. When hazardous volumes are being reached, most phones have a built in warning.
- When you can’t avoid noisy settings, wear hearing protection. 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 correct hearing protection. A perfect example would be earplugs or earmuffs.
- Using an app on your phone to warn you when decibel levels reach unsafe levels.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t develop abruptly, it builds up gradually. So, even if your hearing “seems” okay after a loud 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 May Have
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So, the sooner you recognize the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing additional damage. That’s why getting treated is tremendously important in terms of limiting hearing loss. Effective treatments (that you follow through with) will leave your hearing in the best possible shape.
Here’s how treatments work:
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health issues is diminished by using hearing aids because they prevent social solitude and brain strain.
- We can give individualized guidance and advice to help you avoid further damage to your hearing.
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by wearing hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will stop you from turning your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will prevent additional deterioration of your hearing by preventing this damage.
Limiting Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Future
While it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help stop additional damage. One of the main ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. The correct treatment will help you maintain your present level of hearing and stop it from getting worse.
When you use hearing protection, engage in good hygiene, and pursue hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the proper steps to minimize hearing loss while also giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing in the future.