The first thing to do, when you start to recognize that you have hearing loss, is to avoid added damage. After all, you can take some easy steps to avoid further damage and protect your ears.
Step 1: Clean Your Ears
Did you clean behind your ears? It’s one of those initial 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, rather than behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free of wax accumulation can help your hearing in a number of distinctive ways:
- When wax buildup becomes significant, it can stop sound from getting into your inner ear. This diminishes your ability to hear.
- Your ability to hear can also be impeded if you get a severe ear infection which can also be caused by dirty ears. Your hearing will go back to normal after the ear infection clears.
- In the long run, neglected hearing loss can affect your brain and your ability to decipher sounds.
- Earwax accumulation also interferes with the operation of your hearing aid if you use one. You might end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s absolutely not recommended that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. Added damage can be caused by cotton swabs and they will frequently worsen your ability to hear. 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. The problem is that most people aren’t entirely certain what a “loud noise” actually is. Over a long time period, for instance, your hearing can be damaged by driving on a busy highway. Also, believe it or not, your lawn mower can take a toll on your ears. As you can see, it’s not just blaring speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Some useful ways to avoid harmful noises include:
- Refraining from cranking up the volume on your headphones when you’re listening to music or watching videos. When dangerous levels are being reached, most phones feature a built in warning.
- When you can’t avoid noisy environments, wear hearing protection. Does your job put you on the floor of a noisy manufacturing plant? Do you really want to go to that rock concert? That’s fun. But be sure to wear the proper protection for your ears. Modern earmuffs and earplugs provide ample protection.
- When decibel levels get too loud, an app on your phone can notify you of that.
Damage to the ears from noise doesn’t happen suddenly, it progresses gradually. So, even if your hearing “seems” okay after a noisy event, that doesn’t mean it is. Only a hearing professional can give your hearing a clean bill of health.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Get it Treated
Hearing loss accumulates generally speaking. So, the sooner you recognize the damage, the better you’ll be able to prevent additional damage. That’s why getting treated is tremendously important when it comes to stopping hearing loss. Practical treatments (that you follow through with) will keep your hearing in the best possible condition.
Here’s how treatments work:
- We can provide individualized guidelines and advice to help you prevent added damage to your hearing.
- The potential of developing hearing loss related health issues is reduced by wearing hearing aids because they prevent social isolation and brain strain.
- Some, but not all damage can be avoided by wearing hearing aids. For example, hearing aids will stop you from cranking your television volume up so loud it damages your ears. Hearing aids will prevent additional deterioration of your hearing by stopping this damage.
Decreasing Hearing Impairment Will Benefit You in The Long Run
Even though we can’t cure hearing loss, additional damage can be avoided with treatment. In many instances, hearing aids are one of the main ways to accomplish that. The correct treatment will help you preserve your present level of hearing and prevent it from worsening.
Your giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by wearing ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and practicing good hearing hygiene.