The first thing to do, when you begin to identify that you have hearing loss, is to avoid added damage. There are, after all, some simple measures you can take to protect your ears and limit further hearing loss.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Remember learning to be certain you clean behind your ears when you learned general hygiene (or at least should have learned). When it comes to hearing health, however, we’re not concerned with the areas behind your ears, but rather your inner ears.
Keeping your ears free of wax buildup can help your hearing in several different ways:
- Sound can be blocked from getting into the inner ear when there’s too much wax accumulation. As a result, your ability to hear becomes diminished.
- Earwax accumulation also interferes with the functionality of your hearing aid if you use one. You might end up feeling like your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- In the long run, untreated hearing loss can impact your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Unkempt ears raise your odds of developing an ear infection, which produces inflammation that (when severe enough) impedes your hearing. When your ear infection goes away, your regular hearing will usually return.
If you notice earwax buildup, it’s absolutely not advisable that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Added damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will often worsen your ability to hear. Over the counter ear drops are a better decision.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so obvious. But knowing how loud is too loud is the real problem for most individuals. Over a long time period, for example, your ears can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. The motor on your lawnmower can be fairly taxing on your ears, too. Obviously, it’s more than rock concerts or loud speakers that cause hearing damage.
Here are some ways to avoid damaging noise:
- When you can’t steer clear of noisy environments, use hearing protection. Does your job put you on the floor of a loud manufacturing plant? Going to see a rock concert? That’s cool. But be certain to wear the correct protection for your ears. A perfect example would be earplugs or earmuffs.
- When you’re listening to music or watching videos keep the volume on your headphones at a manageable level. Most phones have built-in alerts when you’re nearing a dangerous level.
- Making use of an app on your phone to alert you when volume levels reach dangerous thresholds.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t happen all of a sudden, it progresses slowly. So if you’ve attended a loud event, you might have done damage even if you don’t notice it. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Have it Addressed
Hearing loss 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 stopping hearing loss, treatment is so essential. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you find and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s how treatments work:
- 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 using hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Because hearing aids prevent this damage, they can also prevent further degeneration of your hearing.
- The chance of developing hearing loss related health issues is reduced by wearing hearing aids because they prevent social solitude and brain strain.
Limiting Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Future
While 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 principal ways to do that, in many situations, is hearing aids. The right treatment will help you preserve your current level of hearing and stop it from getting worse.
Your giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by wearing ear protection, getting the proper treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.