Usually, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is attempt to control the damage. There are, after all, some simple steps you can take to protect your ears 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). When it comes to hearing health, though, we’re not concerned with the space behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
Keeping your ears clear of wax accumulation can help your hearing in many distinctive ways:
- Untidy ears raise your chances of getting an ear infection, which produces inflammation that (when serious enough) impedes your ability to hear. When your ear infection goes away, your regular hearing will normally come back.
- If you use a hearing aid, earwax accumulation can interfere with its function also. This may make it seem as though your hearing is getting worse.
- Over time, untreated hearing loss can affect your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Sound can be blocked from getting into the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. Consequently, your hearing becomes weakened.
You never turn to the use of a cotton swab to attempt to dig out excess earwax. In most instances, 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 on the list. The problem is that most people aren’t entirely certain what a “loud noise” actually is. For example, highway driving can be loud enough to damage your ears over a long time period. The motor on your lawnmower can be fairly taxing on your ears, too. As you can tell, it isn’t just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Some useful ways to escape harmful noises include:
- Wearing ear protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Do you really want to attend that rock concert? That’s cool. Just wear the required ear protection. A perfect illustration would be earmuffs and earplugs.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable volume. When dangerous volumes are being approached, most phones feature a built in warning.
- When volume levels get too loud, an app on your phone can alert you of that.
The damage to your hearing from loud noises will build up gradually. So, even if your hearing “seems” fine after a loud event, that doesn’t mean it is. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: Address Any Hearing Impairment You Might Have
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So, the earlier you recognize the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing additional damage. So when it comes to stopping hearing loss, treatment is so significant. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you seek out and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s what you can expect:
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health problems is reduced by using hearing aids because they minimize social isolation and brain strain.
- We can provide personalized guidance and advice to help you prevent further damage to your ears.
- Some, but not all damage can be prevented by using hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from turning your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will counter additional deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Even though it’s true that there’s no cure for hearing loss, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help prevent further damage. One of the main ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. Getting the proper treatment will not only stop additional damage but also keep your current hearing level intact.
Your giving yourself the best chance for healthy hearing into the future by wearing ear protection, getting the correct treatment, and exercising good hearing hygiene.