Usually, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the type), the first thing you should do is attempt to control the damage. After all, you can take some easy actions to stop further damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
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 cleaning when it comes to hearing health, rather than behind the ears.
There are multiple ways that keeping your ears free of wax can assist your hearing:
- Your hearing can also be interfered with if you get a serious ear infection which can also be caused by dirty ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
- 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.
- Sound can be blocked from reaching the inner ear when there’s too much wax buildup. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- Your brain and ability to decipher sound will ultimately be affected by untreated hearing loss.
If you observe earwax buildup, it’s absolutely not advisable that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. In most instances, a cotton swab will make things worse or cause additional damage. Over the counter ear drops are a smarter choice.
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 issue for most people. 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 tell, it isn’t just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that harm your ears.
Here are some ways to stay away from damaging noise:
- Refraining from cranking up the volume on your headphones when you’re listening to music or watching videos. When harmful volumes are being reached, most phones have a built in warning.
- Making use of an app on your phone to warn you when volume levels reach unsafe thresholds.
- Wearing ear protection when loud environments can’t be avoided. Do you work on a loud factory floor? Going to a rock concert? That’s fun. But be certain to wear the proper protection for your hearing. A perfect illustration would be earplugs or earmuffs.
The damage to your ears from loud noises will develop gradually. So, even if your hearing “feels” good after a loud event, that doesn’t mean it is. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing professional.
Step #3: Treat Any Hearing Impairment You May Have
Hearing loss accumulates most of the time. So, the sooner you catch the damage, the better you’ll be capable of preventing additional 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 what you can expect:
- We can provide individualized instructions and advice to help you avoid further damage to your ears.
- Some, but not all damage can be prevented by wearing hearing aids. For instance, hearing aids will stop you from turning your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Hearing aids will counter additional deterioration of your hearing by preventing this damage.
- Hearing aids prevent the brain strain and social solitude that exacerbate hearing loss-related health problems.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Although we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, further damage can be prevented with treatment. One of the primary ways to do that, in many cases, is hearing aids. Getting the correct treatment will not only prevent additional damage but also keep your current hearing level intact.
When you use hearing protection, practice good hygiene, and obtain hearing loss treatment, you’re taking the correct steps to limit hearing loss while also giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing in the future.