Typically, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is attempt to limit the damage. After all, you can take some easy measures to stop further damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Keep Your Ears Clean
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those early hygiene lessons you learn (or should have learned), right? But it’s actually the inner ear we’re concerned with cleaning in terms of hearing health, not behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax accumulation can help your hearing in a number of distinctive ways:
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. As a result, your ability to hear becomes weakened.
- Earwax accumulation also interferes with the operation of your hearing aid if you use one. You may end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will inevitably be affected by neglected hearing loss.
- Unkempt ears increase your odds of developing an ear infection, which produces inflammation that (when severe enough) interferes with your ability to hear. When your ear infection clears, your regular hearing will normally return.
If you find earwax buildup, it’s definitely not suggested that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Additional damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will often worsen your ability to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a better choice.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so intuitive. But determining how loud is too loud is the real problem for most people. Over an extended time period, for example, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. Also, believe it or not, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. Clearly, it’s more than rock concerts or high volume speakers that cause hearing loss.
Here are a few ways to avoid damaging noise:
- Wearing hearing protection when noisy environments are unavoidable. 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. But be certain to use the proper protection for your hearing. A perfect illustration would be earmuffs and earplugs.
- Making use of an app on your phone to notify you when volume levels get to harmful levels.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. Most phones have built-in warnings when you’re nearing a dangerous level.
The damage to your hearing from loud sounds will build up slowly. So if you’ve attended a loud event, you might have done damage even if you don’t realize it. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Have it Addressed
Hearing impairment accumulates most of the time. So, the earlier you catch the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent further damage. So when it comes to slowing down hearing loss, treatment is so important. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you find and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Our guidance will help you learn to protect your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by wearing hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Because hearing aids counter this damage, they can also stop further decline of your hearing.
- Hearing aids minimize the brain strain and social solitude that exacerbate hearing loss-related health issues.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Although it’s true that hearing loss can’t be cured, getting treatment for your hearing loss will help prevent further damage. One of the principal ways to do that, in many instances, is hearing aids. The correct treatment will help you maintain your present level of hearing and stop it from getting worse.
When you wear hearing protection, practice good hygiene, and obtain 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.