The first thing to do, when you start to identify that you have hearing loss, is to prevent added damage. There are, after all, some straightforward steps you can take to protect your ears and limit further hearing loss.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those first 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, rather than behind the ears.
There are several ways that keeping your ears clear of wax can help your hearing:
- In the long run, neglected hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax accumulation. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- Your hearing can also be impeded if you get a severe ear infection which can also be a result of unclean ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
- If you use a hearing aid, earwax buildup can hinder its function as well. This could make it seem as though your hearing is getting worse.
You never turn to using a cotton swab to attempt to dig out excess earwax. Additional 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. But identifying how loud is too loud is the real difficulty for most individuals. Over an extended time period, for instance, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. The motor on your lawnmower can be rather taxing on your ears, also. Clearly, it’s more than rock concerts or high volume speakers that cause hearing impairment.
Here are a few ways to avoid damaging noise:
- Using an app on your phone to warn you when decibel levels reach dangerous levels.
- Wearing hearing protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. 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 great. Just wear the necessary hearing protection. A perfect illustration would be earplugs or earmuffs.
- When you’re watching videos or listening to music keep your headphone volume at a manageable level. Most phones have built-in warnings when you’re approaching a dangerous threshold.
The damage to your hearing from loud noises will develop gradually. So, even if your hearing “seems” fine after a loud 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 Loss – Have it Addressed
In general, hearing impairment is cumulative. So, the earlier you recognize the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing further damage. That’s why getting treated is incredibly important when it comes to stopping hearing loss. Practical treatments (on which you follow through) will keep your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s how treatments work:
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by wearing hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will stop you from cranking your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Because hearing aids counter this damage, they can also stop further deterioration of your hearing.
- We can provide individualized guidance and advice to help you avoid further damage to your hearing.
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health problems is reduced by wearing hearing aids because they minimize social isolation and brain strain.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Limiting Hearing Loss
Even though it’s true that there’s no cure for hearing loss, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help stop additional damage. In many situations, hearing aids are one of the main ways to accomplish that. Getting the proper treatment will not only stop additional damage but also keep your present hearing level intact.
Your giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the proper treatment, and exercising good hearing hygiene.