Generally, when you’re first notice hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is try to limit the damage. After all, you can take some basic steps to avoid additional damage and safeguard your ears.
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? With regards to hearing health, however, we aren’t concerned with the areas behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax accumulation can help your hearing in several distinctive ways:
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. As a result, your hearing becomes diminished.
- Your ability to hear can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be a result of dirty ears. Your hearing will return to normal after the ear infection clears.
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax buildup can interfere with its function also. This could make it seem like your hearing is getting worse.
- Your brain and ability to decipher sound will inevitably be impacted by neglected hearing loss.
You never turn to the use of a cotton swab to try and dig out excess earwax. In most cases, a cotton swab will worsen the situation or cause additional damage. Alternatively, use over-the-counter ear drops.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so intuitive. The problem is that most people are hard-pressed to define what a “loud noise” actually is. Over an extended period of time, for instance, 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 hearing. As you can see, it isn’t just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Here are some ways to avoid damaging noise:
- Wearing hearing protection when noisy environments can’t be avoided. Do you work on a noisy factory floor? Going to see a rock concert? That’s great. Just wear the required hearing protection. A perfect example would be earmuffs and earplugs.
- Utilizing an app on your phone to notify you when decibel levels get to unsafe levels.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. Most phones feature built-in warnings when you’re approaching a dangerous threshold.
The damage to your ears from loud sounds will build up slowly. So, even if your hearing “feels” good 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 Loss You Might Have
Hearing loss accumulates generally speaking. So, the sooner you catch the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent further damage. So when it comes to stopping hearing loss, treatment is so significant. Your hearing will be at the greatest advantage if you seek out and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s how treatments work:
- Our advice 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 instance, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Hearing aids will counter further deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
- Hearing aids minimize the brain strain and social solitude that worsen hearing loss-related health problems.
Limiting Hearing Loss Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Although we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, additional damage can be avoided with treatment. In many cases, hearing aids are one of the principal ways to achieve that. The correct treatment will help you preserve your current level of hearing and stop it from worsening.
When you wear hearing protection, exercise good hygiene, and pursue hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the appropriate steps to limit hearing loss while also giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing in the years to come.