Normally, 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, in fact, some straightforward steps you can take to protect your ears and minimize further hearing loss.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Remember learning to make sure you clean behind your ears when you learned general hygiene (or at least should have learned). 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 numerous ways that keeping your ears free of wax can help your hearing:
- When wax buildup becomes severe, it can block sound from reaching your inner ear. This reduces your ability to hear.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will ultimately be affected by untreated hearing loss.
- If you use a hearing aid, earwax buildup can hinder its function as well. You may end up feeling like your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be caused by dirty ears. When your ear infection clears, your normal hearing will normally return.
You never turn to using a cotton swab to try and dig out built up earwax. Additional damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will frequently worsen your ability to hear. Instead, use over-the-counter ear drops.
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 issue for most individuals. Over a long time period, for example, your hearing can be damaged by driving on a busy freeway. Also, believe it or not, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or high volume speakers that cause hearing loss.
Here are a few ways to stay away from damaging noise:
- When decibel levels get too high, an app on your phone can alert you of that.
- 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.
- When you can’t avoid noisy settings, wear hearing protection. Does your job put you on the floor of a loud manufacturing plant? Going to see a rock concert? That’s fun. Just use the correct ear protection. A perfect illustration would be earplugs or earmuffs.
The damage to your hearing from loud noises will develop gradually. So, even if your hearing “seems” good after a loud event, it may not be. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Loss – Have it Treated
In general, hearing loss is cumulative. So catching any damage early will go a long way to preventing added injury. So in terms of stopping hearing loss, treatment is so essential. Effective treatments (on which you follow through) will put your hearing in the best possible shape.
Here’s how treatments work:
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by wearing hearing aids. Hearing aids will, for example, let you listen to music or the TV at a lower volume, preventing damage. Because hearing aids counter this damage, they can also prevent further decline of your hearing.
- Our advice will help you learn to safeguard your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
- Hearing aids prevent the brain strain and social isolation that exacerbate hearing loss-related health issues.
Decreasing Hearing Loss Will Benefit You in The Future
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 instances, is hearing aids. Getting the correct treatment will not only prevent further damage but also keep your present hearing level intact.
Your allowing yourself the best possibility for healthy hearing into the future by wearing ear protection, getting the proper treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.