Usually, when you’re confronted with hearing loss (no matter the variety), the first thing you should do is try to limit the damage. There are, in fact, some simple steps you can take to safeguard your hearing and limit further hearing loss.
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? But it’s actually the inner ear we’re concerned with keeping clean in terms of hearing health, rather than behind the ears.
Keeping your ears free from wax buildup can help your hearing in several distinctive ways:
- Your hearing can also be interfered with if you get a severe ear infection which can also be caused by unclean ears. When your ear infection goes away, your normal hearing will usually come back.
- If you have a hearing aid, earwax buildup can interfere with its function as well. You may end up thinking that your hearing is going downhill because of this.
- Your brain and ability to interpret sound will inevitably be impacted by untreated hearing loss.
- When wax accumulation becomes substantial, it can block sound from getting into your inner ear. As a result, your ability to hear becomes diminished.
If you observe earwax accumulation, it’s definitely not recommended that you dig around in there with a cotton swab. In most cases, a cotton swab will worsen the situation or cause additional damage. Over the counter ear drops are a better idea.
Step 2: Avoid Loud Noises
This one should almost be left off the list it’s so obvious. The issue is that most individuals aren’t entirely certain what a “loud noise” actually is. Over a long period of time, 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. As you can tell, it’s not just blasting speakers or loud rock concerts that damage your ears.
Some practical ways to avoid harmful noises include:
- Using ear protection when noisy environments are unavoidable. Do you work on a noisy factory floor? Going to see a rock concert? That’s fun. But be certain to use the appropriate protection for your ears. Modern earplugs and earmuffs offer abundant protection.
- Refraining from cranking up the volume on your headphones when you’re listening to music or watching videos. When hazardous levels are being approached, most phones have a built in warning.
- When volume levels get too high, an app on your phone can warn you of that.
The damage to your ears from loud noises will develop slowly. So if you’ve been to a noisy event, you could have done damage even if you don’t realize it. You can only get a clean bill of health for your ears by a hearing professional.
Step #3: If You Have Any Hearing Impairment – Get it Treated
Generally speaking, hearing impairment is cumulative. So catching any damage early on will go a long way to preventing additional injury. That’s why getting treated is tremendously important in terms of decreasing hearing loss. Your hearing will get the greatest benefit if you seek out and follow through on effective treatment.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Hearing aids minimize the brain strain and social solitude that worsen hearing loss-related health issues.
- Our advice will help you learn to safeguard your hearing because it is customized and personalized for you.
- Hearing aids can stop some, but not all, damage. For example, hearing aids will prevent you from turning your television volume up so loud it harms your ears. Because hearing aids counter this damage, they can also prevent further decline of your hearing.
You Will be Benefited in The Long Run by Decreasing Hearing Loss
Even though we don’t have a cure for hearing loss, additional damage can be prevented with treatment. In many situations, hearing aids are one of the top ways to accomplish that. The correct treatment will help you preserve your present level of hearing and prevent it from getting worse.
Your giving yourself the best opportunity for healthy hearing into the future by using ear protection, getting the appropriate treatment, and exercising good hearing hygiene.